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Berg, Webern, Schonberg: Chamber Music / Belcea Quartet

Webern / Belcea Quartet / Bone / Meneses
Release Date: 10/30/2015 
Label:  Alpha Productions   Catalog #: 209  
Composer:  Anton WebernAlban BergArnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Nicolas BôneAntonio Meneses
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belcea String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

On the Belceas’ disc, the [Berg] Lyric Suite fidgets at the centre of a Second Viennese School primer. The [Webern] Langsamer Satz is slow only according to the clock, nervous and more dissonant than usual, in expressive terms – there are no wrong notes – with an acute sense of timing as, at the movement’s halfway stage (4'40"), Webern looks back on himself and this voluptuous dream of C major with mingled nostalgia and regret. In the Five Movements, Op 5, the Belceas’ muted, breathless approach is no less effective than the extrovert technical accomplishment and timbral extremes of the LaSalle Quartet, and in the slow second and fourth movements, when they contrive to play on the very edge of audibility, more to the point. Their Read more [Schoenberg] Verklärte Nacht bucks the trend of recent slow and solemn performances – the Achilles heel of the orchestration being that it draws the piece closer to Metamorphosen than Erwartung – and is fitted closely to Dehmel’s lascivious storyline. - Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sätze (5) for String Quartet, Op. 5 by Anton Webern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belcea String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Preglhof 
2.
Langsamer Satz for String Quartet, M 78 by Anton Webern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belcea String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Lyric Suite for String Quartet by Alban Berg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belcea String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Austria 
4.
Verklärte Nacht for String Sextet, Op. 4 by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Nicolas Bône (Viola), Antonio Meneses (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belcea String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; Vienna, Austria 

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