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Schubert: The Four Last Quartets / Guarneri Quartet


Release Date: 02/03/2009 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 94197  
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  David SoyerJohn DalleyArnold SteinhardtMichael Tree
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guarneri String Quartet
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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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.
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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]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 13 in A minor, D 804/Op. 29 no 1 "Rosamunde" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  David Soyer (Cello), John Dalley (Violin), Arnold Steinhardt (Violin),
Michael Tree (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guarneri String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1971 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 14 in D minor, D 810 "Death and the Maiden" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  David Soyer (Cello), John Dalley (Violin), Arnold Steinhardt (Violin),
Michael Tree (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guarneri String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04-05/1976 
3.
Quartet for Strings no 15 in G major, D 887/Op. 161 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  David Soyer (Cello), John Dalley (Violin), Arnold Steinhardt (Violin),
Michael Tree (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guarneri String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04-05/1977 
4.
Quartet for Strings no 12 in C minor, D 703/Op. posth "Quartettsatz" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Michael Tree (Viola), Arnold Steinhardt (Violin), John Dalley (Violin),
David Soyer (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guarneri String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1820; 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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