Notes & Reviews:
"The Jerusalem Quartet give a performance that is mature of insight whilst imbued with youthfulness and vigour. In the Quartettsatz they deal confidently and effectively with the dramatic shifts in mood and dynamic, making its unfinished state all the more tantalising. Their sound is at times nothing short of radiant. Then, Der Tod und das Madchen positively zings with energy. It is a raw, dynamic and driven performance." -BBC
The Jerusalem Quartet was founded in 1993, and began its training in Jerusalem, under the direction of the violinist Avi Abramovitch. The Jerusalem Quartet are a regular guest on European and American concert platforms s well as Australia and New Zealand. They have performed several times at the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, and made its first Japanese tour in the autumn of 2004. The Jerusalem Quartet regularly partners such artists as Jessye Norman, Daniel Barenboim, Joseph Kalichstein and they have taken part in master classes with such musicians as Isaac Stern, Michael Tee, Henry Meyer and members of the Amadeus Quartet. The quartet is Alexander Pavlovsky on violin, Sergei Bresler on violin, Amichai Grosz on viola, and Kyril Zlotnikov on cello.
Passion and a feverish energy characterise this young Israeli quartet. First up is Schubert's magnificent Quartettsatz, and the temperature continues for Death and the Maiden. Yet they're never undisciplined - the cellist even keeps his head playing Jacqueline du Pré's cello (loaned by Daniel Barenboim). Other groups get closer to Schubert's tender side, but for racing blood, go to Jerusalem.
BBC Music Magazine
The youthful Jerusalem Quartet... are to be heard on an outstanding disc... Their mastery of rubato is as refined as that of any contemporary group, and this disc is as near to perfection as one can possibly find.
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Works DetailsSchubert, Franz : Quartet for Strings no 12 in C minor, D 703/Op. posth "Quartettsatz"
- Notes: Composition written: 09/1820.
- Running Time: 8 min. 57 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Chamber Music
- Written: 09/1820
Schubert, Franz : Quartet for Strings no 14 in D minor, D 810 "Death and the Maiden"
- Running Time: 42 min. 14 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Written: 1824