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Berg: Lyric Suite; Webern: Langsamer Satz; Schönberg: Verklarte Nacht, Op. 4 / Belcea Quartet

Album Summary

>Webern, Anton : Langsamer Satz for String Quartet, M 78
>Webern, Anton : Movements (5) for string quartet, Op. 5
>Berg, Alban : Lyric Suite for Soprano and String Quartet
>Schoenberg, Arnold : Verklärte Nacht, for string sextet, Op. 4
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

With a complete recording of the Beethoven quartets that caused a stir and enchanted concert halls everywhere, the Belcea Quartet is henceforth considered one of the finest quartets in the world. 'The principle characteristic of their playing is [...] intensity,' wrote BBC Music Magazine in 2013. With this new recording, the Quartet tackles another summit of chamber music: the Second Viennese School. With their passion and technical abilities, this breathtaking music, which drastically changed the history of music, rings out in all its force and mystery.

Gramophone Magazine
...the Belceas' muted, breathless approach is no less effective than the extrovert technical accomplishment and timbral extremes of the LaSalle Quartet…their Verklärte Nacht bucks the trend of recent slow and solemn performances…and is fitted closely to Dehmel's lascivious storyline.

The Sunday Times
The Belcea Quartet, plus Nicolas Bone (violin) and Antonio Meneses (cello), play passionately and precisely.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
The pieces here are available in a total of over 175 performances. Transfigured Night of course leads the pack with 90. These readings are accurate in pitch and phrasing, with good balances. The latter is especially important in music that's densely polyphonic. They largely play the notes as written. In Transfigured Night that's an asset. This performance is complete - all six. Webern's works also benefit from cooler heads prevailing.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Britten Studio, Snape (Aldenburgh Music) (03/03/2015-03/07/2015); Britten Studio, Snape (Aldenburgh Music) (05/14/2015-05/17/2015); Britten Studio, Snape (Aldenburgh Music) (11/14/2014-11/17/2014).



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>Webern, Anton : Langsamer Satz for String Quartet, M 78
  • Performers: Nicolas Bone (Viola); Antonio Meneses (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Belcea String Quartet
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape (Aldenburgh Music) (03/03/2015-03/07/2015); Britten Studio, Snape (Aldenburgh Music) (05/14/2015-05/17/2015); Britten Studio, Snape (Aldenburgh Music) (11/14/2014-11/17/2014)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905

>Webern, Anton : Movements (5) for string quartet, Op. 5
  • Performers: Nicolas Bone (Viola); Antonio Meneses (Cello)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape (Aldenburgh Music) (03/03/2015-03/07/2015); Britten Studio, Snape (Aldenburgh Music) (05/14/2015-05/17/2015); Britten Studio, Snape (Aldenburgh Music) (11/14/2014-11/17/2014)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1909

>Berg, Alban : Lyric Suite for Soprano and String Quartet
  • Performers: Nicolas Bone (Viola); Antonio Meneses (Cello)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape (Aldenburgh Music) (03/03/2015-03/07/2015); Britten Studio, Snape (Aldenburgh Music) (05/14/2015-05/17/2015); Britten Studio, Snape (Aldenburgh Music) (11/14/2014-11/17/2014)
  • Running Time: 30 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1925-1926

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Verklärte Nacht, for string sextet, Op. 4
  • Performers: Nicholas Bone (Viola); Nicolas Bone (Viola); Antonio Meneses (Cello)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape (Aldenburgh Music) (03/03/2015-03/07/2015); Britten Studio, Snape (Aldenburgh Music) (05/14/2015-05/17/2015); Britten Studio, Snape (Aldenburgh Music) (11/14/2014-11/17/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1899