Schoenberg - String Quartets 2 & 4
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Cat No: BIS2267
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 1st September 2017
Malin Hartelius (soprano)
Almost thirty years later, in 1936, the String Quartet No.4 was one of the first works that Schoenberg composed in the U.S.A. after having been forced into exile by the threat of the Nazi regime in Germany. He had left Europe in 1933, but the first years in his new home country had been taxing, with health problems and a difficult work schedule involving teaching in both Boston and New York. If the Second Quartet is a key work of musical modernism, pointing towards an as yet unknown future, String Quartet No.4 rests securely on the principles of twelve-tone composition that Schoenberg had developed during the intervening years – but makes use of these principles in a somewhat freer, more relaxed manner than his previous twelve-tone works.
The two works are given full-blooded performances by the Gringolts Quartet, joined by the Swedish soprano Malin Hartelius in the Second String Quartet.
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