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Korngold, Reznicek: String Quartets / Franz Schubert Quartet


Release Date: 11/18/1997 
Label:  Nimbus   Catalog #: 5506   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Erich Wolfgang KorngoldE. Nikolaus von Reznicek
Performer:  Helge RosenkranzFlorian ZwiauerAttila SzékelyHartmut Pascher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Franz Schubert String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

More heated tonal response, deeper and more consistently expressive vibrato. Strong and powerful unisons.

The Franz Schubert Quartet of Vienna was active in the Nimbus studios in the 1990s recording music from its home town. This coupling of Rezni?ek and Korngold was unique; indeed still is. Not only is the programming exploratory, it also presents two quartets written almost contemporaneously, but by two very different composers of differing generations.
 
Korngold’s First Quartet in A major, which he began to sketch at Christmas 1920, very soon after having completed Die tote Stadt, wasn’t finished however until early 1923. It’s a remarkable work in many ways, the longest of the three that
Read more he was to write, and notable for its unsettled chromaticism and refulgent lyric impulse. Korngold’s acute ear for tension and contrast ensures that the slow movement’s generosity of feeling is not wholly untroubled but this Adagio, quasi Fantasia is a hothouse of beauty nonetheless. The Intermezzo is a panache-filled affair but also marked mit Grazie. For the finale he employs his own motto theme (‘The Motif of the cheerful heart’) and seemingly effortlessly vocalised phrases that are profuse in their attractiveness.
 
The Franz Schubert is consistently slower than the recent recording made by the Doric, on Chandos. They also prefer a more heated tonal response, and a deeper and more consistently expressive vibrato. Their unisons are strong and powerful as a result, though it means that the playing can sound a touch generically expressive from time to time. The Doric play with great refinement and energy, and are lighter tonally and more incisive rhythmically. The best performance of the quartet I’ve heard, however, more incisive than either, comes from the Aron Quartet on CPO 777436-2 [a 2 CD set of all three quartets which also includes the Piano Quintet].

The Korngold was premiered by Vienna’s leading quartet, the Rosé. Rezni?ek’s was dedicated to, and probably premiered by, the Klingler, another elite group of its time. The ethos here is late nineteenth century, strong, modal, confidently written. Like Korngold, Rezni?ek was a highly gifted lyricist as the slow movement demonstrates, though his work, though often urgent, lacks the younger man’s sense of quicksilver, often elusive, centre of gravity. The charming, gracious scherzo – it’s not called a scherzo, but is one, in effect – pays court subtly to the Viennese waltz whilst the finale, which opens intensely, offers a highly satisfactory end to a well constructed work.
 
It too is played with rich, burnished tone and a rhythmic relaxation which strikes me as a touch more appropriate than in the Korngold.
 
-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in A major, Op. 16 by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Helge Rosenkranz (Violin), Florian Zwiauer (Violin), Attila Székely (Cello),
Hartmut Pascher (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Franz Schubert String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in C sharp minor by E. Nikolaus von Reznicek
Performer:  Hartmut Pascher (Viola), Attila Székely (Cello), Florian Zwiauer (Violin),
Helge Rosenkranz (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Franz Schubert String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1921; Vienna, Austria 

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