Notes and Editorial Reviews
R E V I E W S:
"Taut, intense, and beautifully shaped, the playing conveys the music’s drama, haunting lyricism, and bold originality. Hearing it, one is led to think that Leonard Bernstein committed a major omission when he said that “alone” among all composers, Beethoven had “a direct line to God.” The eerie tremolos of No. 15 here are stunningly otherworldly; the continuity and building tension of the second-movement variations in No. 14, compelling; the bold brashness of the opening of the “Quartettsatz,” intrusively arresting. And throughout all the performances, care with balances produces a welcome clarity of voicing that underscores Schubert’s harmonic daring."
FANFARE: Mortimer H.
Lovely playing, as nearly always from these artists... The Quartettsatz was written four years before the A minor Quartet. There's certainly no lack of shivers and shudders here: indeed, you get the impression that the players were deliberately saving up all their disquiet for the key of C minor. The recording quality is very natural throughout.
-- Gramophone [2/1973, reviewing the original LP release of Quartets 12 and 14]
Works on This Recording
Quartet for Strings no 15 in G major, D 887/Op. 161 by Franz Schubert
David Soyer (Cello),
John Dalley (Violin),
Arnold Steinhardt (Violin),
Michael Tree (Viola)
Guarneri String Quartet
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 04-05/1977
Featured Sound Samples
String Quartet no 13 "Rosamunde" : II. Andante
String Quartet no 14 "Death and the Maiden": I. Allegro
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