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Schubert: Late Quartets, Quintet / Emerson Quartet, Rostropovich


Release Date: 02/09/1999 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 459151   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Eugene DruckerPhilip SetzerLawrence DuttonDavid Finckel,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Time and again, listening to this newly packaged set, I was impressed by a telling detail. The emphatically overdotted rhythms in the finale of "Death and the Maiden," and the electrifying accents in that work's scherzo, are especially memorable. One particular chromatically descending cello line in the scherzo caught my ear—and indeed David Finckel's singing cello is an outstanding feature of the set throughout. The recorded sound too is sumptuous in tone and (with one exception to be noted below) marvelously clear in texture.

-- Bernard Jaobson, FANFARE [7/1999]


...outstanding... The warm and brilliant sound of the Emerson Quartet, enhanced by a borrowed Stradivarius violin and the big sound
Read more of Rostropovich, gains further richness from characteristic DG recording. There is plenty of low-frequency information for your woofers... [A]s expected, the Emersons and Rostropovich play superbly, combining virtuosity with penetration into the depths of this amazing score. If I do not count this the best recording of the work ever made, many others undoubtedly will; I certainly place it within the top three.

-- Robert McColley, FANFARE [3/1993]
reviewing the original release of the Quintet, DG 431792 Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Quartet for Strings no 12 in C minor, D 703/Op. posth "Quartettsatz" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Eugene Drucker (Violin), Philip Setzer (Violin), Lawrence Dutton (Viola),
David Finckel (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 11 Minutes 23 Secs. 
2. Quartet for Strings no 13 in A minor, D 804/Op. 29 no 1 "Rosamunde" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Lawrence Dutton (Viola), Eugene Drucker (Violin), David Finckel (Cello),
Philip Setzer (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1996 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 32 Minutes 35 Secs. 
3. Quartet for Strings no 14 in D minor, D 810 "Death and the Maiden" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Philip Setzer (Violin), Lawrence Dutton (Viola), David Finckel (Cello),
Eugene Drucker (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1987 
Venue:  Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, NY 
Length: 37 Minutes 32 Secs. 
4. Quartet for Strings no 15 in G major, D 887/Op. 161 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Philip Setzer (Violin), Lawrence Dutton (Viola), David Finckel (Cello),
Eugene Drucker (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1988 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 44 Minutes 49 Secs. 
5. Quintet for Strings in C major, Op. 163/D 956 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Eugene Drucker (Violin), Lawrence Dutton (Viola), Philip Setzer (Violin),
David Finckel (Cello), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1990 
Venue:  Live  Trinity Church, Speyer, Germany 
Length: 53 Minutes 29 Secs. 

Sound Samples

String Quartet No.13 in A minor, D.804 - "Rosamunde": 1. Allegro ma non troppo
String Quartet No.13 in A minor, D.804 - "Rosamunde": 2. Andante
String Quartet No.13 in A minor, D.804 - "Rosamunde": 3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
String Quartet No.13 in A minor, D.804 - "Rosamunde": 4. Allegro moderato
String Quartet No.14 in D minor, D.810 -"Death and the Maiden": 1. Allegro
String Quartet No.14 in D minor, D.810 -"Death and the Maiden": 2. Andante con moto
String Quartet No.14 in D minor, D.810 -"Death and the Maiden": 3. Scherzo (Allegro molto)
String Quartet No.14 in D minor, D.810 -"Death and the Maiden": 4. Presto
String Quartet No.15 in G, D.887: 1. Allegro molto moderato
String Quartet No.15 in G, D.887: 2. Andante un poco mosso
String Quartet No.15 in G, D.887: 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)
String Quartet No.15 in G, D.887: 4. Allegro assai
String Quartet No.12 in C minor, D.703 - "Quartettsatz": Allegro assai
String Quartet No.12 in C minor, D.703 - "Quartettsatz": Andante - Allegro assai

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