Schoenberg, Berg, Webern - Complete Works for String Quartet | Naive V5380

Schoenberg, Berg, Webern - Complete Works for String Quartet

Label: Naive

Cat No: V5380

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 5

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 1st April 2016



Quatuor Diotima celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2016. This box set dedicated to the Second Viennese School is the first of two events planned to mark this special year - along with the release of a new series of contemporary composer portraits.

This Schoenberg | Berg | Webern set gathers the complete works for string quartet composed by those three iconic composers. This is a major achievement and the result of years of concerts and research by the quartet, which is now considered to be a leading performer in this repertoire.


In music like this, the [Quatuor] Diotima show themselves much more than specialists in hugely demanding contemporary music. There’s real expressive depth to all the performances, so that in a work such as Webern’s String Quartet Op 28, their playing seems as aware of the 19th-century Romanticism that was the starting point for his extraordinary musical journey, as it is of the influence his later music would have on subsequent generations of European composers.  Andrew Clements
The Guardian 29 April 2016
... the set fully comes to life with the account of [Schoenberg’s] First String Quartet. I know what the history books say – that, following Verklärte Nacht (1899), Schoenberg’s String Quartet No 1 (1905) represents his first fully fledged proto-modernist work. Until now I didn’t fully believe it; but Quatuor Diotima demand a rethink. As the residue of Wagnerian Romanticism is driven head first into expressionistic urgency, a flexible ribbon of unfolding structure struggles to contain its nervous impulses. The Second Quartet deftly runs towards Schoenberg’s ultimate break with tonality almost casually; the Third and Fourth Quartets, about which even hardcore Schoenbergians can blow hot and cold, are elevated beyond the arid note-picking that one too often hears. Has anyone ever unearthed such soulful splendour in the Largo from String Quartet No 4?  Philip Clark
Gramophone June 2016

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