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Minor Major / Oslo String Quaret

Release Date: 08/18/2017 
Label:  Two-l   Catalog #: 135  
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenFranz Schubert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo String Quartet
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The present recording features both one of the longest and one of the shortest quartets in the string quartet repertoire. There is no denying that Schubert´s last string quartet is great in every sense of the word, but Beethoven´s “Quartetto Serioso”, although minor in size, is by no means dwarfed by it when it comes to sheer artistic quality; both quartets are indeed major works and a staple on the diet of any string quartet of merit. Even so, the concept of minor and major immediately springs to mind when contemplating putting these two completely different masterpieces on the same album. Duration apart, there is the obvious question of tonality: one work in F minor, the other in G major, which is simple enough and by itself Read more justifies the album title. But things get more complicated the moment we subject the two works to a closer scrutiny. Oslo String Quartet is widely recognized as one of the most versatile string quartets of our day. Since it was founded in 1991 it has established a reputation as an ensemble that unites high artistic standards with a degree of playfulness and an absolute integrity. The quartet’s concerts and recordings have consistently received acclaim, both by the public and by critics. A strong attachment to the music of Beethoven has resulted in several performances of his complete string quartets, for example in the quartet’s festival “The Beethoven Code” in 2006. Their programmes range from the classic string quartet repertoire to the works of contemporary composers, but also include music in other genres, and their unique versions of, for example, Peer Gynt and Tosca break with what is normally expected of a string quartet. Read less

Works on This Recording

Quartet for Strings no 11 in F minor, Op. 95 "Serioso" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo String Quartet
Written: 1810 
Quartet for Strings no 15 in G major, D 887/Op. 161 by Franz Schubert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 

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