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Schubert: String Quintet; Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht / Janine Jansen. Brovtsyn, Grosz, Maintz, Rysanov, Thedeen

Album Summary

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Verklärte Nacht, for string sextet, Op. 4
>Schubert, Franz : Quintet for Strings in C major, Op. 163/D 956
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Notes & Reviews:

Passionate chamber musician, Dutch violinist Janine Jansen celebrates the 10th anniversary of her Utrecht-based Internaitonaal Kamermuziek Festival with a new album coupling two of the most heart-felt masterpieces of the Viennese romantic repertoire.

Schubert's last and greatest chamber work, the sublime String Quintet in C major, is contrasted with the young Schoenberg's earliest masterpiece Verklarte Nacht (Transfigured Night), a radiant depiction of a lover's moonlit reconciliation.

For this recording, derived from emotionally charge live performances given in Dormund in May 2012, Janine Jansen is joined by a group of exceptional young musician who are all close personal friends as well as fellow members of Spectrum Concerts Berlin, the prestigious Geran chamber music group with whom Jansen has played since 1998.

Alongside Swedish cellist Torleif Thedeen and Ukranian violinist Boris Brovtsyn, Israeli violist Amihai Grosz and German cellist Jens Peter Maintz.

When this "world-beating line-up" by The Independent recently played this same Schubert/Schoenberg coupling in a standing-room-only concert to end Jansen's 2011/12 residency at London's Wigmore Hall, the critic were ecstatic: The Independent called the Schoenberg "flawless" and the Schubert "mind-blowing", while The Guardian described the Schoenberg as "superbly textured... wonderfully organic... absolutely breathtaking" and the Schubert as "overwhelming... a performance to last long years in the mind."

The Independent, 20th April 2013
All-star line-ups can be problematic in chamber music, but the depth of drama and colour in the stinging, swooning timbres identified by the Dutch violinist Janine Jansen and her friends...makes this VerklSrte Nacht impressive.

The Times, 20th April 2013
They bring silky skills and subtle touches to two great string pieces...The dapper phrasing and translucent textures are wonderfully calculated, but the emotions sound a little lightweight, and the Schubert needs a sense of profundity.

The Guardian, 25th April 2013
There's no trace here of starry individualism, but instead a real feeling of collegiate responsibility in the way that all the players constantly listen to each other and shade their own contributions accordingly. But, for my taste at least, it's much too strongly flavoured.

Sunday Times, 12th May 2013
They generate an intoxicating mix of heady passions in Schoenberg's VerklSrte Nacht, at the same time maintaining impressive clarity of texture and shaping what can seem a sprawling work. And in a fresh-sounding performance of Schubert's late quintet, they bring a relish of its boldness as well as an ambiguous poignancy.

The Arts Desk, 29th June 2013
A disc to make the uninitiated fall in love with Schoenberg; a big-hearted performance...which manages to combine intense refinement with unabashed emotion...[The Schubert] receives another compelling performance, and the massive scale barely registers...Wonderful, rich recording too.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Konzerthaus Dortmund (05/18/2012-05/20/2012).


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>Schoenberg, Arnold : Verklärte Nacht, for string sextet, Op. 4
  • Performers: Boris Brovtsyn (Violin); Amichai Grosz (Viola); Janine Jansen (Violin); Jens Maintz (Cello); Maxim Rysanov (Viola); Torleif Thedeen (Cello)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1899

>Schubert, Franz : Quintet for Strings in C major, Op. 163/D 956
  • Performers: Boris Brovtsyn (Violin); Amichai Grosz (Viola); Janine Jansen (Violin); Jens Maintz (Cello); Torleif Thedeen (Cello)
  • Running Time: 52 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1828