Schubert - String Quartets Vol.6 | Brilliant Classics 94467

Schubert - String Quartets Vol.6


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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 94467

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 20th May 2016



This release represents the final volume of the Diogenes Quartetís integral recording of Schubertís string quartets, spanning not only the composerís well‐known works but also the incomplete fragments, carefully reconstructed by Christian Starke.

Schubertís Quartet in G, D887 came after the success of ĎDeath and the Maidení and the ĎRosamundeí Quartet. It was his final work for string quartet; despite this, he struggled to get it published, and it was only performed for the first time posthumously. Even then, the quartet was not always well received, perhaps because it represented a departure from Schubertís usual way of working with thematic material: for the first time, the theme in the first movement remains melodically the same, with the composer instead dramatically shifting the harmonic colouring underneath, allowing the theme to be revealed in different musical forms. While the slow second movement seems to follow a more traditional structure at first, it is soon interrupted with startling violent outbursts. The final movement is perhaps the most modern, as the individual voices tumble over each other in furious counterpoint, with barely a single note fulfilling a purely accompanying role.

Unlike the D887 quartet Ė one of Schubertís most modern Ė the fragmentary movement D103 is one of the composerís early works, probably started in 1814. Christian Starkeís completion features an additional transition in the reprise, which now begins with the opening gesture of the Allegro section, and allows the three expansive themes to be presented in a meaningful form.

The Diogenes Quartet are pleased to round off their complete recording of Schubertís String Quartets, which represent years of careful musicianship and performances of the highest quality. The complete boxset is also available to buy (BC94468) and is the perfect addition to anyone wishing to fully explore the pleasing variety of Schubertís music for quartet, which spanned his entire career.

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