Schubert: String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D887

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Schubert: String Quartets Nos. 10, 12, 14, 15

Schubert: String Quartets Nos. 10, 12, 14, 15

recorded live at the Vienna Konzerthaus


Schubert:

String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major, D87

String Quartet No. 12 in C minor (fragment), D703 ‘Quartettsatz'

String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D810 'Death and the Maiden'

String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D887


The quintessentially Viennese spirit of Schubert is captured in these performances, recorded live at the Vienna Konzerthaus, by the Alban Berg Quartett, whose members were all nurtured in the city’s musical tradition. While relishing the scope of Schubert’s often daring musical designs, they bring an intimate understanding of the composer’s mercurial shifts of emotion.

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Schubert: String Quartets Nos. 10 & 15

Schubert: String Quartets Nos. 10 & 15


Schubert:

String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major, D87

String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D887


For their first incursion into the works of Schubert on disc, the members of the Cuarteto Casals invite us to discover two quartets situated at the two extremes of the composer's life. Wrongly dated much later on its publication in 1830, the Quartet in E flat is in fact the work of a 16-year-old musician who had just entered teacher training college . . . Whereas its companion here was to be Schubert's very last quartet. Only 13 years separate the two pieces! But in the meantime a whole world had invaded his musical consciousness, and here the naivety of G major throws a deceptive veil over inner upheavals.

“You’ll find plenty of Latin spirit in the Cuarteto Casals’s CD of two contrasting Schubert string quartets...Not all of the Casals’s current members are Spanish...But that never lessens the ensemble’s Latin passion and spunky attack. Their playing is a joy.” The Times, 27th July 2012 ****

“Their account of the great G major is something out of the ordinary — I don’t recall a performance of this work in which Schubert’s existential angst is so relentlessly projected...The tragedy and drama of this music have rarely been so harrowingly delivered on disc.” Sunday Times, 22nd July 2012

“The excellent Spanish ensemble Cuarteto Casals...bring supple radiance and flair to these two works which span Schubert's brief career...Does music come any better?” The Observer, 22nd July 2012

“The Cuarteto Casals makes a clear distinction between the comparatively placid, sometimes lively progress of the early quartet and tough, symphonic nature of the G major work. The playing of the latter is strong, uncompromising, excellently structured and considered” International Record Review, September 2012

“Among modern performances I have heard none that surpasses this for obsessiveness. Even so, the Cuarteto Casals manage not to fall into the trap of making this an aural ordeal for the listener...but here there is unnerving exhilaration of riding in a fast vehicle that seems thrillingly unable to stop.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2012 *****

“these musicians shape the lines to reflect both poetry and youthful spirit. The Casals rightly scale down their their steely resolve that paid dividends in D887 but prefer detachment to ardour, particularly in the slow movement.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2012

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Disc of the month - November 2012

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Schubert & Berg: String Quartets

Schubert & Berg: String Quartets


Berg:

String Quartet, Op. 3

Schubert:

String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D887


Kuss Quartet

Schubert’s late masterpiece for string quartet, his 15th and final quartet in G major D887, was composed in 1826. Although the first movement was performed at a Vienna Musikverein concert devoted to his music, he couldn’t find anyone to publish it.

It displays an almost Beethovenian profundity, and is a dramatic departure from the two previous song-based quartets that had proved popular. The writing is assured and the harmonies audacious. It is a dark, rather introverted work, full of passionate outbursts and drama.

Berg’s Quartet op.3 was premiered in 1911 towards the end of his studies with Schoenberg. It was badly received and baffled listeners and performers alike. Like the Schubert G major, it displays daring harmonies and a remarkable technical assurance.

This CD is the Kuss Quartet’s debut on ONYX. They are regular performers at the Edinburgh and Salzburg festivals, and also perform regularly in New York, London and their home city of Berlin.

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Beethoven & Schubert: String Quartets

Beethoven & Schubert: String Quartets


Beethoven:

String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135

Schubert:

String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D887


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Schubert: The Last Four Quartets

Schubert: The Last Four Quartets


Schubert:

String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D810 'Death and the Maiden'

String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D804 'Rosamunde'

String Quartet No. 15 in G major, D887

String Quartet No. 12 in C minor (fragment), D703 ‘Quartettsatz'


“The Italians' playing has freshness, affection, firm control and above all authority to a degree that no relative newcomer can match. It's notable not only for the highest standards of ensemble, intonation and blend, but also for its imaginative insights; these attributes readily apply to the music-making on this Duo reissue, particularly in the slow movements. Indeed, the players' progress through the wonderful set of variations in the Andante con moto, which reveals the Death and the Maiden Quartet's association with the famous Schubert song of that name, has unforgettable intensity.
The comparable Andante of No 13, with its lovely Rosamunde theme – which is approached here in a relaxed, leisurely manner – is held together with a similar (almost imperceptible) sureness of touch. When this work was originally issued, the first-movement exposition repeat was cut in order to get the quartet complete on to a single LP side. Here it has been restored.
Finest of all is the great No 15, a work of epic scale. The first movement alone runs to nearly 23 minutes, and the players' masterly grip over the many incidents that make up the Allegromolto moderato is effortless. For an encore we're given No 12, a piece on a smaller scale, but here presented with a comparable hushed intensity of feeling. This, like No 14, was recorded in 1965 and the textures are leaner than on the others, with a fractional edge on fortissimos. Nevertheless, the ear soon adjusts when the playing is as remarkable as this. The other recordings have more body, and a fine presence. The CD transfers throughout are excellent.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Schubert: Complete String Quartets Vol. 1

Schubert: Complete String Quartets Vol. 1


Schubert:

String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D887

String Trio in B flat major, D471

String Quartet, D2c (Fragment)


“A fine, intelligent and intensive performance of the G major Quartet. ... finely-phrased full of telling dynamic contrasts, worthy to stand alongside the Juillard version and even the Busch Quartet’s masterly account” Classic CD

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Recommended Stereo version - February 2006

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Schubert: String Quartet D887 & Quartettsatz

Schubert: String Quartet D887 & Quartettsatz


Schubert:

String Quartet No. 12 in C minor (fragment), D703 ‘Quartettsatz'

String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D887


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Schubert: String Quartets Nos. 12 & 15

Schubert: String Quartets Nos. 12 & 15


Schubert:

String Quartet No. 12 in C minor (fragment), D703 ‘Quartettsatz'

String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D887


Alongside its highly praised Haydn series, the Doric String Quartet continues its Schubert journey with this second volume of quartets, which precipitates us into the fraught world of late Schubert. Both composers will be central in the Quartet’s recitals next year, to take place in the highest-profile international venues, from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and London’s Wigmore Hall.

Franz Schubert returned to composing string quartets in the 1820s, after four years of focusing on songs which were beginning to gain him wider recognition.

His late chamber compositions reveal probably his most characteristic music, full of deep intimacy and profound ambivalence. The ‘Quartettsatz’ (Quartet Movement) presents a turbulent, norm-breaking first movement. Only a fragment survives of a serene Andante in A flat, and nothing for any scherzo or finale. If the 'Rosamunde' and 'Death and the Maiden' (CHAN10737) are the most frequently heard of the quartets of Schubert, his last completed one – in G major – certainly remains his most uncompromising in its vastness, and perhaps his most prophetic of the musical future.

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Schubert: String Quartets Vol. 6

Schubert: String Quartets Vol. 6


Schubert:

String Quartet (fragment) in C minor D103

fragment completed by Christian Starke

String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D887


This release represents the final volume of the Diogenes Quartet’s integral recording of Schubert’s string quartets, spanning not only the composer’s well‐known works but also the incomplete fragments, carefully reconstructed by Christian Starke.

Schubert’s Quartet in G, D887 came after the success of ‘Death and the Maiden’ and the ‘Rosamunde’ Quartet. It was his final work for string quartet; despite this, he struggled to get it published, and it was only performed for the first time posthumously. Even then, the quartet was not always well received, perhaps because it represented a departure from Schubert’s usual way of working with thematic material: for the first time, the theme in the first movement remains melodically the same, with the composer instead dramatically shifting the harmonic colouring underneath, allowing the theme to be revealed in different musical forms. While the slow second movement seems to follow a more traditional structure at first, it is soon interrupted with startling violent outbursts. The final movement is perhaps the most modern, as the individual voices tumble over each other in furious counterpoint, with barely a single note fulfilling a purely accompanying role.

Unlike the D887 quartet – one of Schubert’s most modern – the fragmentary movement D103 is one of the composer’s early works, probably started in 1814. Christian Starke’s completion features an additional transition in the reprise, which now begins with the opening gesture of the Allegro section, and allows the three expansive themes to be presented in a meaningful form.

The Diogenes Quartet are pleased to round off their complete recording of Schubert’s String Quartets, which represent years of careful musicianship and performances of the highest quality. The complete boxset is also available to buy (BC94468) and is the perfect addition to anyone wishing to fully explore the pleasing variety of Schubert’s music for quartet, which spanned his entire career.

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Schubert: Quartettsatz, D703 & String Quartet No. 15, D887

Schubert: Quartettsatz, D703 & String Quartet No. 15, D887


Schubert:

String Quartet No. 12 in C minor (fragment), D703 ‘Quartettsatz'

String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D887


Quatuor Terpsycordes

Continuing its exploration of the Romantic repertory on period instruments, the Quatuor Terpsycordes presents a blazing vision of two Schubert masterpieces: the sublime Quartettsatz and the Quartet in G major, his fifteenth and last work in the genre, a grandiose work of well-nigh symphonic proportions.

“the Terpsychordes are duly impressive, stripping away any excess vibrato. Particularly impressive is the organic way in which the music unfolds…this new version certainly has plenty to say” Gramophone Magazine, November 2015

“If you want to hear these Schubert string quartets on period instruments, Quatuor Terpsycordes here offer you this surprisingly rare opportunity. This brings a rawness and febrile quality to the Quartettsatz … Played on period instruments the Terpsycordes’ account is harmonically more pungent and in line more modern, more twentieth century. Their entire performance is a revelation.” MusicWeb International, November 2015

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