Schubert - String Quartet no.14 ‘Death and the Maiden’; Sibelius - String Quartet ‘Intimate Voices’
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Cat No: ONYX4163
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 18th November 2016
WorksString Quartet no.14 in D minor, D810 'Death and the Maiden'
String Quartet in D minor, op.56 'Voces Intimae'
‘I am the most unhappy and wretched creature in the world… whose health will never be right again’ wrote Schubert to a friend in 1824. With his emotions veering from happy memories of earlier years to shuddering terror at the prospect of death, he composed two string quartets and the Octet over a two- month period. The D minor quartet makes ingenious use of his earlier song ‘Death and the Maiden’ from 1817 in the slow movement’s variations. ‘Give me your hand, you fair and gentle creature; I am a friend and do not come to punish’ sings Death soothingly.
The music captures Schubert’s fearful state of mind in a remarkable ‘freeze frame’ effect.
- James Ehnes (violin)
- Amy Schwarz Moretti (violins)
- Richard Yongjae O’Neill (viola)
- Robert deMaine (cello)
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