Notes & Reviews:
The Amadeus Quartet became one of the most important chamber ensembles in the world. The ensemble is still remembered for its sensitive and beautiful interpretations of the classical and romantic repertoire. One of their most frequently performed works was "Death and the Maiden."
"Though a little extreme around the edges, it is hard to resist this recording of the Amadeus Quartet's 1977 recital at the Schwetzinger Festspiele. The principal reason is Britten's Third String Quartet. Written in November 1975, with the Amadeus Quartet in mind, the Third Quartet was Britten's last work in the form, as well as his next-to-last work, and a spirit of leave-taking suffuses the score. The Amadeus prepared the work under the composer's guidance but gave the premiere in December 1976 in his absence; Britten had died two weeks earlier. This recording comes from five months later, and one can still feel the love and loss in the Amadeus' performances... so impassioned is the reading [of the Schubert] that it is all but irresistible. Hänssler Classics' live recording is likewise a bit extreme, but also vivid, immediate, and very, very present." - All Music Guide
BBC Music Magazine
This typically feisty performance of Death and the Maiden, recorded at the 1977 Schwetzingen Festival, makes an apposite coupling for the world-weary Britten.
Recording information: Schwetzingen, Schloss, Konzertsaal, Konzertmitschnitt (05/21/1977).
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Works DetailsBritten, Benjamin : Quartet for Strings no 3, Op. 94
- Running Time: 26 min. 9 sec.
- Period Time: Modern
- Written: 1975
Schubert, Franz : Quartet for Strings no 14 in D minor, D 810 "Death and the Maiden"
- Running Time: 36 min. 3 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Written: 1824