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Schubert: String Quartet No 13 & 14 / Melos Quartet


Release Date: 07/10/2001 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord Catalog #: 1951408   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos String Quartet Stuttgart
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The radiantly melodious yet sorrowful A minor Quartet is eloquent but never overstated. The G major Quartet is perhaps the most remarkable of all, judged as a dramatic, not to say enigmatic, Schubertian personal document or even a kind of testiment; the composer himself only heard the first movement performed (in March 1828) and the whole work was not played in public until 1850. Here again, I have only praise for this performance, which seems to me to reveal the wounded heart of the work although the Allegro assai finale is taken a trace more unhurriedly than one might expect. Indeed, these are performances of distinction, based, I suspect, on the Melos's long experience of playing these three great quartets and the earlier but no less Read more fine Quarlettsatz in public. They may be warmly recommended to collectors seeking a version of this music and even to those who already possess good ones.

-- Gramophone [12/1992]
reviewing the original release of this title
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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
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos String Quartet Stuttgart
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 14 in D minor, D 810 "Death and the Maiden" by Franz Schubert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos String Quartet Stuttgart
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Quatuor à cordes en ré mineur, Op. posth., D.810 "La Jeune Fille et la mort": I. Allegro
Quatuor à cordes en ré mineur, Op. posth., D.810 "La Jeune Fille et la mort": II. Andante con moto
Quatuor à cordes en ré mineur, Op. posth., D.810 "La Jeune Fille et la mort": III. Scherzo. Allegro molto
Quatuor à cordes en ré mineur, Op. posth., D.810 "La Jeune Fille et la mort": IV. Presto
Quatuor à cordes en la mineur, Op. 29/1, D. 804: I. Allegro ma non troppo
Quatuor à cordes en la mineur, Op. 29/1, D. 804: II. Andante
Quatuor à cordes en la mineur, Op. 29/1, D. 804: III. Menuetto. Allegretto
Quatuor à cordes en la mineur, Op. 29/1, D. 804: IV. Allegro moderato

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