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Schubert: String Quartets Nos. 13 "Rosamunde", 14 "Death and the Maiden" and 15 / Artemis Qrt

Audio Samples

>Schubert, Franz : Quartet for Strings no 14 in D minor, D 810 "Death and the Maiden"
>Schubert, Franz : Quartet for Strings no 13 in A minor, D 804/Op 29 no 1 "Rosamunde"
>Schubert, Franz : Quartet for Strings no 15 in G major, D 887/Op 161

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Quartet for Strings no 14 in D minor, D 810 "Death and the Maiden"
>Schubert, Franz : Quartet for Strings no 13 in A minor, D 804/Op 29 no 1 "Rosamunde"
>Schubert, Franz : Quartet for Strings no 15 in G major, D 887/Op 161
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Notes & Reviews:

After having been awarded with Germany's prestigious Kassik ECHO award and France's Grand Prix de l'Academie Charles Cros in 2011 for their Virgin Classics Beethoven cycle, the members of the Artemis Quartet now release an all-Schubert CD. It presents the composer's final three string quartets: No. 13 in A minor, 'Rosamunde'; No.14 in D minor, 'Death and the Maiden', and No. 15 in G major. This new Schubert album joins the Artemis Quartet's 2008 release of the composer's String Quintet (for which cellist Truls Mork complemented the ensemble) and Quartettsatz in C minor.

Eckart Runge, cellist of the Artemis Quartet points out that, "There is an almost terrifying modernism in these three late Schubert quartets, but it is totally different from the modernism of Beethoven. When placed together in a program, the three quartets shine in another light: No. 14 is concentrated and dramatic; No. 15 is huge, symphonic, and cosmic, and No. 13 is introspective and melancholy - less spectacular than the other two."

A New York Times concert review evokes the discoveries that await listeners to the new CD: "Even Schubert's "Death and the Maiden', one of the most frequently performed quartets, bristled with fresh life in the Artemis performance. Seemingly small details often made the difference, as in the second movement when the Artemis played extended portions without vibrato, bringing a striking austerity to an otherwise lush theme... [This was] daring, edge-of-the-seat playing... [characterized by] visceral energy and rich four-part imagination."

The Guardian
Technically, the Artemis's performances are very fine indeed; their choice of tempi tends towards briskness, but the articulation and sense of phrasing are generally so well judged that only in the first movement of the D minor Quartet, D810, Death and the Maiden, does the result seem just a bit breathless.

BBC Music Magazine, September 2012
The Artemis enjoy growling, clashing, shivering, and the relentless energy of the last movements. Theirs is an impressive, vividly recorded approach.

Classical Music, August 2012
Bold, unflinching readings...that nevertheless offer playing of great delicacy and refinement in quieter passages. With some of the finest Schubert playing on disc...this is urgently recommended.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2012
Go straight to D810, Death and the Maiden. The two opening fortissimo motifs are like clarion calls. The Artemis Quartet are tersely explosive, fiery in attack, the sforzandos in the transition stabbing the air...the Artemis enlarge perceptions, push frontiers and perhaps question received wisdom.

Sunday Times, 1st July 2012
Ferocious fortissimos, pianissimos of wonderful delicacy, infinite variety of textures and elasticity of tempo, combined with an implacable pursuit of the musical argument worthy of the divine huntress from whom they take their name. Their unanimity of sound is matched by - and evidently springs from - an extraordinary unanimity of feeling.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Siemensvilla, Berlin, Germany.



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>Schubert, Franz : Quartet for Strings no 14 in D minor, D 810 "Death and the Maiden"
  • Ensemble: Artemis Quartet
  • Notes: Siemensvilla, Berlin, Germany (07/05/2009-07/08/2009)
  • Running Time: 41 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1824

>Schubert, Franz : Quartet for Strings no 13 in A minor, D 804/Op 29 no 1 "Rosamunde"
  • Notes: Siemensvilla, Berlin, Germany (06/30/2009-07/01/2009)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1824

>Schubert, Franz : Quartet for Strings no 15 in G major, D 887/Op 161
  • Notes: Siemensvilla, Berlin, Germany (05/27/2009-05/28/2009); Siemensvilla, Berlin, Germany (05/31/2009); Siemensvilla, Berlin, Germany (06/01/2009)
  • Running Time: 51 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1826