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Schubert: String Quartet No. 15 / Artea Quartet

Release Date: 01/05/2018 
Label:  Champs Hill Records   Catalog #: 137  
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Artea Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Artea Quartet comprises Thomas Gould - violin, Rhys Watkins - violin, Benjamin Roskams - viola and Ashok Klouda – cello. The members of the Artea quartet met whilst studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London in 2001. After studies with the Amadeus, Alberni and Wihan quartets they went on to forge a successful career, winning many awards and performing at festivals throughout the U.K. including the BBC Proms, and at venues such as the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room as well as live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3. With busy solo and orchestral careers, this new recording represents a rare opportunity to hear them in the studio, and the repertoire reflects their desire to take on a challenge: one of the summits of the repertoire, Read more Schubert’s last great String Quartet in G major, No 15. "It is a piece of such enormous scope and exquisite beauty that it is an intimidating peak of the repertoire to scale. It is a sobering thought that Schubert was the same age as us, if not slightly younger, when he composed it.” It was published posthumously in 1851. "After hearing this magnificent recording, you'll be assured of the future of string quartets..." "...intense musical discourse, lyricism, and swashbuckling virtuosity…" The German Record Critics’ Award Read less

Works on This Recording

Quartet for Strings no 15 in G major, D 887/Op. 161 by Franz Schubert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Artea Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

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 Frozen Tears February 1, 2018 By Melvyn M. Sobel (freeport, NY) See All My Reviews "Devastating performance by the Artea Quartet. Detailed, dark, brilliant, despondent late Schubert. Near mystical playing. Penetrating, stark, yet with an emotional intensity that silences criticism. I doubt I've heard a second movement Andante as frighteningly melancholy and bleak. Echoes of the preshadowing "Winterreise" are ominous and poignant. Finely-judged tempos throughout add a rather unique spirituality that is both tangible and pervasive. Fabulous recording. Kudos to such a heartfelt, deeply-engaged ensemble. And kudos to Champs Hill for releasing. [Running time: 53.41]" Report Abuse
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