Release Date: 06/04/2008
Label:Deutsche GrammophonCatalog #: 419171
Spars Code: DDD Composer: Franz Schubert Orchestra/Ensemble: Hagen String Quartet Number of Discs: 1
Recorded in: Stereo
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The Hagen are a young Austrian quartet, and their arrival on DG—their one previous record, minus one violin, was Schubert's Trout Quintet (Decca 411 975-1DH, 2/85; CD 411 975-2DH, 4/85)—is discussed this month by Stephen Johnson. Here it is enough to say that the oldest of the four players, Lukas, is only 23, and that they are all aware that their interpretations ''change from performance to performance; it all depends on how we feel and on the atmosphere of the occasion''. This seems to me a most refreshing and promising claim, and must contribute to the freshness of these performances. How far they were in control of the record's dynamic range I do not know; there is in fact a much wider contrast than usual between their pp and their ff,Read more and you will find this either excessive or very exciting; probably the latter. Here and there I noticed effective touches of rubato I'd not noticed in other performances, and the many other touches of the unusual help to make this record excellent listening.
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