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Schubert: String Quartets in A minor "Rosamunde" and D minor "Death and the Maiden" / Doric String Quartet

Audio Samples

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

Album Summary

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

On this new release, the Doric String Quartet turns to the music of Franz Schubert. It is the Quartet's fifth solid release for Chandos. MusicWeb International said of the recent Korngold release, 'The Doric Quartet seem to have a Midas touch, and any repertoire they commit to disc comes out sparkling'. Their Schumann release was 'Recording of the Month' in Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine.

Gramophone Magazine, October 2012
The Dorics have enormous flair for this kind of music, getting comfortably under the skin of music written by Schubert when he was about the same as their average age and displaying a similar degree of maturity and insight.

Sunday Times, September 2012
Imaginative and exciting...The A minor's opening shows the Doric's alertness to the quintessentially Schubertian combination of nervous, obsessive rhythm and songlike melodic lines...The D minor is very fine, culminating in a tingling presto finale whose whispered, ghostly pianissimos make the sudden outbursts all the more ferocious.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
These musicians make this well-worn music sound fresh and current, and they bring out details in both pieces that I noticed for the first time in this recording. The beauty of it all is that there is nothing extra musical that these musicians need to do to allow this to happen: it's all Schubert.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2012
The Doric Quartet play with passion, but there is relaxation, even wit, in both these works, and the Doric seem to be eager to stress the prevailing darkness at the expense of warmth and lyricism, which is so notable in the A minor Quartet. They play with notably little vibrato, so the impression of coolness is increased.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (04/10/2012-04/12/2012).



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>Schubert, Franz : Quartet for Strings no 13 in A minor, D 804/Op 29 no 1 "Rosamunde"
  • Ensemble: Doric String Quartet
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (04/10/2012-04/12/2012)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1824

>Schubert, Franz : Quartet for Strings no 14 in D minor, D 810 "Death and the Maiden"
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (04/10/2012-04/12/2012)
  • Running Time: 40 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1824