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Schubert: Complete String Quartets, Vol. 4 - Quartets D74 & D810 "Death and the Maiden"; Minuet D86 / Diogenes Quartet

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Der Tod und das Mädchen ("Vorüber, ach vorüber"), song for voice & piano, D. 531 (Op. 7/3)
>Schubert, Franz : Quartet for Strings no 6 in D major, D. 74
>Schubert, Franz : Minuet for string quartet in D major, D. 86
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Notes & Reviews:

One of Schubert's most famous string quartets today, it seems hard to believe that the Quartet in D minor D810 was never performed during the composer's lifetime. Schubert was looking to build on the success of his 'Rosamunde' quartet, which had quickly found acclaim among his contemporaries. His friend Ignaz Schuppanzigh, however, dismissed his new composition out of hand. But since its rediscovery, the quartet has been performed countless times, gaining its nickname "Der Tod und das Mädchen" thanks to the theme that appears in the third movement from Schubert's song of the same name (D531). Schubert symbolizes the dark conversation between Death and the dying maiden with the variation form, each variation representing either the cold world of Death or the girl's attempts to elude him. The listener is soon drawn into the girl's futile efforts to resist her fate, as the music is whipped up into a wild tarantella only interrupted by the triumph of Death's victory. In contrast to this somewhat sinister work, the other quartet on this release dates from much earlier in Schubert's life, and is heavily influenced by Classical forms, revealing the extent of the influence of Classical composers such as Mozart on the young composer's early compositions. The disc is rounded off with the Minuet in D D86, possibly written as a minuet movement for a quartet or as part of a planned set of dances. This is the fourth volume of the Diogenes Quartet's acclaimed complete set of Schubert String Quartets. The ongoing project for Brilliant Classics has already been highly acclaimed, with Jerry Dubins of Fanfare writing of Volume 2 (BC94462): "Immaculate execution is complemented by genuine emotional engagement and real feeling for Schubert's unique modes and moods of musical expression." With two more volumes to come, this series is sure to attract Schubert aficionados and string quartet lovers alike.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Himmelfahrtskirche, München-Sendling, Germany (2014-07-01_2014-07-03&2014-).



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>Schubert, Franz : Der Tod und das Mädchen ("Vorüber, ach vorüber"), song for voice & piano, D. 531 (Op. 7/3)
  • Notes: Himmelfahrtskirche, München-Sendling, Germany (2014-07-01_2014-07-03&2014-)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 02/1817

>Schubert, Franz : Quartet for Strings no 6 in D major, D. 74
  • Notes: Himmelfahrtskirche, München-Sendling, Germany (2014-07-01_2014-07-03&2014-)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1813

>Schubert, Franz : Minuet for string quartet in D major, D. 86
  • Notes: Himmelfahrtskirche, München-Sendling, Germany (2014-07-01_2014-07-03&2014-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 11/1813