Schubert - String Quartet in G major D887, Quartettsatz D703 | Chandos CHAN10931

Schubert - String Quartet in G major D887, Quartettsatz D703


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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHAN10931

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 3rd January 2017



Alongside its highly praised Haydn series, the Doric String Quartet continues its Schubert journey with this second volume of quartets, which precipitates us into the fraught world of late Schubert.

Franz Schubert returned to composing string quartets in the 1820s, after four years of focusing on songs which were beginning to gain him wider recognition. His late chamber compositions reveal probably his most characteristic music, full of deep intimacy and profound ambivalence.

The ‘Quartettsatz’ (Quartet Movement) presents a turbulent, norm-breaking first movement. Only a fragment survives of a serene Andante in A flat, and nothing for any scherzo or finale. If the ‘Rosamunde’ and ‘Death and the Maiden’ (CHAN10737) are the most frequently heard of the quartets of Schubert, his last completed one – in G major – certainly remains his most uncompromising in its vastness, and perhaps his most prophetic of the musical future.


The feverish unease that pervades these late Schubert works, with their ambiguous shifts from major to minor, tremolo triplets and searing outbursts, is perfectly captured by the excellent Doric String Quartet in this latest in their series for Chandos. ... Their headlong rush through the dizzying key changes of the final allegro is a breathless treat. A standout recording of 2017 – and it’s still only January.  Stephen Pritchard
The Observer 8 January 2017
Even in a work as well known as the Quartettsatz [the Doric String Quartet] lend character through elasticity of phrasing, which nicely counterbalances the piece’s inherent energy ... But the main event is the G major Quartet. And very impressive it is too, spacious without ever sounding ponderous. This is in part down to their minute attention to detail. Just sample the opening, with its unerringly balanced chords and almost vibrato-free imitative phrases. They have less forward thrust than the Busch here but are no less convincing, leading us unerringly through the shifting vistas of the Allegro molto moderato.  Harriet Smith
Gramophone February 2017
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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