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Vivere - Haydn, Schubert, Widmann / Ragazze Quartet

Haydn / Hess / Quartet
Release Date: 04/09/2013 
Label:  Channel Classics   Catalog #: 34613   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph HaydnFranz SchubertJörg Widmann
Performer:  Annemijn BergkotteRosa ArnoldJeanita VriensGenevičve Verhage
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ragazze Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is ‘Vivere’. Not exactly a cheerful disc - all three compositions refer in various ways to death. This is reflected in the key (D minor is the key of death), in the opposite number of the Maiden, and finally even literally, in the fact that cellist Geneviève 'dies' before the end of the album. For us, however, to record this dramatic repertoire is to offer an ode to life. ‘Vivere’ - for by listening to this sombre music one realizes how wonderful life can be. Performed by the Ragazze Quartet, four young women in the midst of life. The Ragazze Quartet is a young, Dutch string quartet, remarkable for its musical enthusiasm, talent, versatility and presentation. Its versatility in particular is unusual within the world of chamber Read more music.

Reviews:

Deft, volatile playing, but with a real feeling for Schubert's darker undertones. The end of Widmann's quartet is a scream (literally).

– BBC Music Magazine

There is an exciting combination of influences in this first recording of the all-female Dutch quartet. Their blend is as familiar, unified, and single-voiced as any long-established quartet.

– Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings in D minor, Op. 76 no 2/H 3 no 76 "Quinten" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Annemijn Bergkotte (Viola), Rosa Arnold (Violin), Jeanita Vriens (Violin),
Genevičve Verhage (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ragazze Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 14 in D minor, D 810 "Death and the Maiden" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Annemijn Bergkotte (Viola), Rosa Arnold (Violin), Jeanita Vriens (Violin),
Genevičve Verhage (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ragazze Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Quartet for Strings no 3 by Jörg Widmann
Performer:  Annemijn Bergkotte (Viola), Rosa Arnold (Violin), Jeanita Vriens (Violin),
Genevičve Verhage (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ragazze Quartet
Period: 20th Century 

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