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Schubert: The Last Years

Schubert / Berlin Philharmonic Octet
Release Date: 01/29/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94424   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Klára WürtzJoan BerkhemerNadia DavidPeter Brem,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Piano TrioBrandis String QuartetBerlin Philharmonic Octet
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Spanning 6 CDs and featuring many a consummate performance, this release celebrates the genius of Schubert through detailing all of his late chamber music.

The compilation begins with the two piano trios, works of immense virtuosity whose fluent melodies betray the composer's affinity for song. Moving on to the quartets, we encounter expressive depth, melancholy and drama; while the Quartettsatz movement in C minor displays all the hallmarks of Schubert's late style -- including dark lyricism and shifting chromaticism -- D810 'Der Tod und das Mädchen' takes the idea of tragedy to a whole new level, its second movement's melody lifted directly from the identically titled song. The String Quintet follows, a work written
Read more just two months before Schubert's death and which replaces the conventional second viola part with that of a cello. Last, but by no means least, the Octet; composed in 1826, this piece was conceived in a response to a commission by the renowned clarinettist Ferdinand Troyer.

It's astonishing to think that Schubert was not taken seriously as a composer of chamber music during his own lifetime. Brimming with melodic invention and documenting a composer who was at the height of his all-too-brief career, these works are superlatively performed by the Amsterdam Trio, Brandis Quartet and Berlin Philharmonic Octet.

Other information:
- Recorded 1995--2009.
- In his last years (though he was only in his late twenties...) Schubert achieved a unique musical form in which structure and content fuse into an inseparable unity. His later works present a soul in anguish, darkness and light alternate, terror and happiness go hand in hand. The three late string quartets (counting among the best and most famous quartets ever written), the two piano trios, the string quintet of heavenly proportions and the octet all reveal grand musical structures, laden with a depth of feeling which belies the comparative youth of the composer.
- Excellent performances from the Klaviertrio Amsterdam (Spanish classical magazine Scherzo: "The best recording available"), the German Brandis Quartet and the famous Berlin Philharmonic Octet.
- Contains liner notes on the composer and the music. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in B flat major, D 898/Op. 99 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Klára Würtz (Piano), Joan Berkhemer (Violin), Nadia David (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Piano Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1828; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E flat major, D 929/Op. 100 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Klára Würtz (Piano), Joan Berkhemer (Violin), Nadia David (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Piano Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Notturno for Piano and Strings in E flat major, D 897/Op. 148 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Klára Würtz (Piano), Joan Berkhemer (Violin), Nadia David (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Piano Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1828; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Quartet for Strings no 13 in A minor, D 804/Op. 29 no 1 "Rosamunde" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Peter Brem (Violin), Wilfried Strehle (Viola), Wolfgang Boettcher (Cello),
Thomas Brandis (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandis String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 35 Minutes 36 Secs. 
5.
Quartet for Strings no 14 in D minor, D 810 "Death and the Maiden" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Wilfried Strehle (Viola), Wolfgang Boettcher (Cello), Thomas Brandis (Violin),
Peter Brem (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandis String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 42 Minutes 33 Secs. 
6.
Quartet for Strings no 12 in C minor, D 703/Op. posth "Quartettsatz" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Peter Brem (Violin), Wilfried Strehle (Viola), Wolfgang Boettcher (Cello),
Thomas Brandis (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandis String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 37 Secs. 
7.
Quartet for Strings no 15 in G major, D 887/Op. 161 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Peter Brem (Violin), Wilfried Strehle (Viola), Wolfgang Boettcher (Cello),
Thomas Brandis (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandis String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 44 Minutes 1 Secs. 
8.
Quintet for Strings in C major, Op. 163/D 956 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Thomas Brandis (Violin), Wolfgang Boettcher (Cello), Wilfried Strehle (Viola),
Peter Brem (Violin), Wenn-Sinn Yang (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandis String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Octet for Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon and Strings in F major, D 803/Op. 166 by Franz Schubert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Octet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Length: 62 Minutes 2 Secs. 

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