Schubert: String Quintet; Quartettsatz

Schubert: String Quintet; Quartettsatz

by Artemis Quartet
     
 
Listeners who think they know Schubert's popular "Quartettsatz in C minor" and "String Quintet in C major" should try this 2008 recording of those works by the Artemis Quartet. The driving "Quartettsatz" beginning the disc is justly famous for inaugurating Schubert's maturity as a chamber music composer, but

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Listeners who think they know Schubert's popular "Quartettsatz in C minor" and "String Quintet in C major" should try this 2008 recording of those works by the Artemis Quartet. The driving "Quartettsatz" beginning the disc is justly famous for inaugurating Schubert's maturity as a chamber music composer, but the tender Andante following it here is a rarely recorded fragment that would have furnished the "Quartettsatz" with a slow movement had Schubert completed the movement. Performed with tremendous power by the Artemis Quartet, the combination of the two movements not only allows the composer's fans to hear music with which they are unlikely to be familiar, but also lets them hear the "Quartettsatz" in context of what might have been. The closing work, the "Quintet in C major" for string quartet plus second cello, is played in its customary finished form. But while there is no new music here, the strength of the group's interpretation transforms the familiar into the unfamiliar. As in the "Quartettsatz" plus Andante, the Artemis Quartet's performance of the "Quintet" is first and foremost about power. The force of the attacks, intensity of the lines, weight of the sonorities, and propulsion of the rhythms gives the playing a nearly symphonic heft. But the performance is not just about power. With the addition of cellist Truls Mørk, the Artemis Quartet also goes deep into the "Quintet"'s expressive world, exploring the nuances of the opening Allegro ma non troppo's modulation and the poignant pauses in the following Adagio with an insight that most performances cannot match.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/13/2008
Label:
Erato
UPC:
5099950211326
catalogNumber:
2113

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Tracks

  1. String Quartet No. 12 in C minor ("Quartettsatz"), D. 703  - Franz Schubert  - Alain Lanceron  -  Artemis Quartet
  2. Quintet for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos in C major, D. 956 (Op. posth. 163)  - Franz Schubert  - Alain Lanceron  - Truls Mørk  -  Artemis Quartet

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