Notes & Reviews:
The aesthetic and stylistic connections between Brahms and Schoenberg are brought to light on this recording from the Ysaÿe Quartet. Composed in the summer of 1875, Brahms' String Quartet No.3 would be his last. Written 24 years later, Schoenberg's string sextet Verklärte Nacht, inspired by Richard Dehmel's poem of the same name, derives its stylistic lineage from German late-Romanticism. Like his teacher Zemlinsky, Schoenberg was influenced by both Brahms and Wagner and sought to combine the former's structural logic with the latter's harmonic language. For the sextet, the Ysaÿe Quartet is joined by violist Isabel Charisius and cellist Valentin Erben.
American Record Guide, May/June 2013
The Ysaye Quartet is an exceptional group, well equipped to play the Brahms with elan and complete confidence. It is a wonderful and lucid performance. In the Schoenberg they are joined by Isabel Charisius and Valentin Erben, both former members of the Alban Berg Quartet. This performance too has a clarity and lucidity about it. The playing in both pieces, though, is exemplary, and the release easily falls on the recommended list.
Recording information: Abbaye de l'Epau, Dortoir des moines, Le Mans, France.
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Works DetailsBrahms, Johannes : Quartet for Strings no 3 in B flat major, Op. 67
- Ensemble: Ysae Quartet
- Notes: Abbaye de l'Epau, Dortoir des moines, Le Mans, France (03/01/2006-03/03/2006)
- Running Time: 30 min. 15 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Written: 1876
Schoenberg, Arnold : Verklärte Nacht for String Sextet, Op. 4
- Performers: Valentin Erben (Cello); Isabel Charisius (Viola)
- Notes: Abbaye de l'Epau, Dortoir des moines, Le Mans, France (12/19/2011-12/20/2011)
- Running Time: 28 min. 21 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Chamber Music
- Written: 1899