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Schubert: Complete String Quartets, Vol. 3 - 5 Menuets and 5 German Dances D89; String Quartets D18 & D68 / Diogenes Quartet

Audio Samples

  1. Schubert — String Quartet in G Minor, D. 18: I. Andante – Presto vivace $0.69 on iTunes
  2. Schubert — String Quartet in G Minor, D. 18: II. Menuetto – Trio $0.69 on iTunes
  3. Schubert — String Quartet in G Minor, D. 18: III. Andante $0.69 on iTunes
  4. Schubert — String Quartet in G Minor, D. 18: IV. Presto $0.69 on iTunes
  5. Schubert — 5 Menuets, D. 89: I. Menuet No. 1 – Trio No. 1 – Trio No. 2 $0.69 on iTunes
  6. Schubert — 5 Menuets, D. 89: II. Menuet No. 2 $0.69 on iTunes
  7. Schubert — 5 Menuets, D. 89: III. Menuet No. 3 – Trio No. 3 – Trio No. 4 $0.69 on iTunes
  8. Schubert — 5 Menuets, D. 89: IV. Menuet No. 4 $0.69 on iTunes
  9. Schubert — 5 Menuets, D. 89: V. Menuet No. 5 – Trio No. 5 – Trio No. 6 $0.69 on iTunes
  10. Schubert — 5 German Dances, D. 90: I. German Dance No. 1 – Trio No. 7 – Trio No. 8 $0.69 on iTunes
  11. Schubert — 5 German Dances, D. 90: II. German Dance No. 2 – Trio No. 9 – Trio No. 10 $0.69 on iTunes
  12. Schubert — 5 German Dances, D. 90: III. German Dance No. 3 – Trio No. 11 $0.69 on iTunes
  13. Schubert — 5 German Dances, D. 90: IV. German Dance No. 4 $0.69 on iTunes
  14. Schubert — 5 German Dances, D. 90: V. German Dance No. 5 – Trio No. 12 – Trio No. 13 – Coda $0.69 on iTunes
  15. Schubert — String Quartet No. 5 in B-Flat Major, D. 68: I. Allegro maestoso
  16. Schubert — String Quartet No. 5 in B-Flat Major, D. 68: II. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  17. Schubert — 5 Menuets, D. 89: III. Menuet No. 3 (2nd version) – Trio 1 – Trio 2 $0.69 on iTunes
  18. Schubert — 5 German Dances, D. 90: V. German Dance No. 5 – Trio No. 12 (2nd version) – Trio No. 13 $0.69 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Quartet for Strings no 1 in G minor/B flat major, D. 18
>Schubert, Franz : Minuets (5) and Trios (6) for string quartet , D. 89
>Schubert, Franz : German Dances (5) & Trios (7) with Coda, for string quartet, D. 90
>Schubert, Franz : Quartet for Strings no 5 in B flat major, D 68
>Schubert, Franz : Minuet for string quartet in D minor, D. 89/3
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Notes & Reviews:

Schubert’s early string quartets raise a number of questions, as well as suggesting an intriguing level of experimentation on the young composer’s part. Firstly, there is the question of lost material. The lack of precise information on the compositional and biographical context of the Five Minuets and Five German Dances (marked ‘Vol.2’ by Schubert), and of the two Quartet Movements D68, gives us room to speculate that they may originally have been accompanied by a previous volume and additional movements respectively, now lost in the mists of musical history. The precise thinking behind the multiple versions of some of the Minuets and Dances is also unexplained, which is why the listener is treated on this album to two sharply contrasting ‘bonus’ versions, and has the opportunity to decide for themselves which fit more comfortably into the set. Early experimentation is the key theme of the Quartet D18, written when the composer was just 13 years old. Besides being of biographical interest, as we see Schubert grappling with fundamental compositional concepts for the first time, this experimentation also yields unexpected and interesting musical results. The Quartet Movements D68, meanwhile, are fascinating in their resourceful expansion of fairly minimal melodies and motifs. This CD is the third volume of the Diogenes Quartet’s complete Schubert String Quartets cycle for Brilliant Classics, an ongoing recording project that fans of the composer will surely be keen to follow. Alongside this comprehensive account of the composer’s output, the quartet is engaged in a wide variety of other projects, including its own chamber music series, a crossover jazz programme, and concerts especially for children. ‘Immaculate execution complemented by genuine emotional engagement’ (Vol.2), www.arkivmusic.com Other information * Recorded in 2013. * Contains consummate notes on the music and ensemble biography, in English and German.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Himmelfahrtskirche, München-Sendling, Germany (12/16/2013-12/18/2013).



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>Schubert, Franz : Quartet for Strings no 1 in G minor/B flat major, D. 18
  • Ensemble: Diogenes Quartet
  • Notes: Himmelfahrtskirche, München-Sendling, Germany (12/16/2013-12/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1812

>Schubert, Franz : Minuets (5) and Trios (6) for string quartet , D. 89
  • Notes: Himmelfahrtskirche, München-Sendling, Germany (12/16/2013-12/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 11/19/1813

>Schubert, Franz : German Dances (5) & Trios (7) with Coda, for string quartet, D. 90
  • Notes: Himmelfahrtskirche, München-Sendling, Germany (12/16/2013-12/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 11/19/1813

>Schubert, Franz : Quartet for Strings no 5 in B flat major, D 68
  • Notes: Himmelfahrtskirche, München-Sendling, Germany (12/16/2013-12/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1813

>Schubert, Franz : Minuet for string quartet in D minor, D. 89/3
  • Notes: Himmelfahrtskirche, München-Sendling, Germany (12/16/2013-12/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 11/19/1813

>Schubert, Franz : German Dances (5) & Trios (7) with Coda, for string quartet, D. 90
  • Notes: Himmelfahrtskirche, München-Sendling, Germany (12/16/2013-12/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 11/19/1813