- Danjulo Ishizaka (Cello)
Notes & Reviews:
Following the success of their 2011 Gramophone Recording of the Year album, Pavel Hass Quartet presents Schubert's two paramount mature works rightly ranked among the most valuable chamber gems. The String Quartet in D minor has a sort of dark cipher encoded within, and Death and the Maiden reflects the quotation from Schubert's eponymous song in the second movement. The Quartet invited the exceptional German-Japanese cellist Danjulo Ishizaka into the mix, whose qualities were concisely described by Mstislav Rostropovich as 'phenomenal in his technical ability; perfect in his musical creative power.'
American Record Guide, May/June 2014
The Pavel Haas Quartet, named for the Czech composer (1899-1944) who died in Auschwitz, is another young group, founded in 2002. They too have an excellent feel for Schubert. The Haas Death and the Maiden is just as distinguished. Balances are carefully considered. The later movements are also good. They take the presto finale at a good clip without sounding rushed or frantic. This is wonderful quartet playing.
Sunday Times, 15th September 2013
This album is scalding to the touch. [the Haas's accounts] are irresistible not only for immaculate surfaces, but for effortless engagement of that grief-stricken quality beneath Schubert's shows of gaiety and even his most serene assurances.
The Times, 21st September 2013
If CDs had grooves I would already have worn out these marvellous recordings...The young Czechs have the perfect fusion of virtuosity and profundity.
BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013
The Pavel Haas Quartet, with the superb extra cellist Danjulo Ishizaka, even succeed where most other ensembles fail, making the last movement of the String Quintet into something that seems a fitting conclusion to a work whose first three movements are unquestionably supreme...essential listening for anyone who loves Schubert.
The Times, 14th December 2013
The perfect fusion of virtuosity and profundity from the young Czechs of the Pavel Haas Quartet in Schubert. Death and the Maiden is given the more melodramatic reading, but the subtly nuanced performance of the Quintet in C is sublime.
MusicWeb International, December 2013
For me, the performance here ticks all the right boxes. From the opening chords, you feel that these young players are taking you on a journey. Having a clear vision and understanding of the structure of the music, they explore its full emotional range. Warmth and expressive phrasing are a distinguishing hallmark...These young players are a force to be reckoned with.
Recording information: Domovina Studio, Prague (2013-04-27_2013-04-28&2013-).
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Works DetailsSchubert, Franz : Quartet for Strings no 14 in D minor, D 810 "Death and the Maiden"
- Ensemble: Pavel Haas Quartet
- Notes: Domovina Studio, Prague (04/27/2013-04/28/2013)
- Running Time: 37 min. 9 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Written: 1824
Schubert, Franz : Quintet for Strings in C major, Op. 163/D 956
- Performer: Danjulo Ishizaka (Cello)
- Notes: Domovina Studio, Prague (07/17/2013-07/19/2013)
- Running Time: 53 min. 9 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Written: 1828