Schubert / Takács Quartet, Ralph Kirshbaum - String Quintet D. 956, String Quartet D. 703 'Quartettsatz' mp3 album
The Hungarian-American Takács Quartet (with American cellist Ralph Kirshbaum) has released a groundbreaking series of recordings of Haydn's and now Schubert's quartets, holding close to the ideal of the string quartet as dialogue in recordings that are circumspect yet tense, with a great deal of detail in the individual parts and just as much attention to the overall structure. This reading of Schubert's late String Quintet in C major, D. 956, is once again very fine, and it's worth the attention of anyone wanting to know this giant work well.
The Quartettsatz c-Moll, or Quartet Movement in C minor, D 703 was composed by Franz Schubert in December 1820 as the first movement, Allegro assai, of a string quartet he was never to complete. Upon publication it was nonetheless listed as his String Quartet No. 12. (Schubert did also compose the first 40 bars of the next movement, Andante. The nine-minute work is regarded as an early product of the composer’s mature phase of output.
The String Quintet . 56 finished barely 6 weeks before Schubert's death contains all of the elements of his "late" style: it features a succession of brilliant melodies that are long-lined, extending for several bars. The harmonies are daring and far ahead of their time, closer to Brahms than Haydn. The movements are lengthy, Schubert has a lot to say and takes his time saying it. And inevitably, it is haunted by death. The Takacs Quartet continue their traversal of Schubert's chamber works, adding Ralph Kirshbaum on second cello. I've been listening to this disc in high-definition 24/96 format and I am thoroughly impressed by both the performance, which is deeply emotional, slightly aggressive in attack and beautifully expressive without sentimentalizing any of the darker moments. and the recording which is exemplary.
The Hungarian-American Takács Quartet (with American cellist Ralph Kirshbaum) has released a groundbreaking series of recordings of Haydn's and now Schubert's quartets, holding close to the ideal of the string quartet as dialogue in recordings that are circumspect yet tense, with a great deal of detail in the individual parts.
Artist : Takács Quartet - Ralph Kirschbaum (Cello). But this may, after all, be a matter of individual taste. Schubert included a second cello in the texture, creating a sumptuously warm sound, a cradling intimacy. item 1 Franz Schubert : String Quintet D956 - String Quartet D703 CD (2012) VGC -Franz Schubert : String Quintet D956 - String Quartet D703 CD (2012) VGC. £. 9. item 2 Takács Quartet - Ralph Kirschbaum (Cello) - Schubert: String Quintet . .Takács Quartet - Ralph Kirschbaum (Cello) - Schubert: String Quintet .
Their performance, with Ralph Kirshbaum fitting effortlessly into the ensemble as second cellist, is never conceived as a reassuring tour around one of western music's supreme achievements.
The matchless Takács Quartet return to Schubert. Their first disc on Hyperion-his ‘Death and the Maiden’ and ‘Rosamunde’ quartets-received unprecedently lavish critical acclaim, acknowledging a new modern benchmark for these works. Now they turn to perhaps the most hauntingly beautiful of all Schubert’s chamber works, the String Quintet-completed six weeks before the composer’s death. Here the Takács players are joined by cellist Ralph Kirshbaum. Also recorded here is the ‘Quartettsatz’: a fragment-of the highest quality-of a String Quartet in C minor abandoned by the composer. Schubert's String Quintet is magnificent throughout, but it is the slow movement that makes it sublime. The Takács readin. s superbly sensitive to the subtle, almost imperceptible shifts of mood within its unfolding serenity.
|String Quintet In C Major, D. 956||(54:35)|
|1||I. Allegro Ma Non Troppo||19:54|
|3||III. Scherzo: Presto||10:28|
|5||String Quartet In C Minor, D. 703, "Quartettsatz"||9:06|
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – Hyperion Records Limited
- Copyright (c) – Hyperion Records Limited
- Recorded At – Wyastone Concert Hall
- Booklet Editor – Tim Parry
- Cello – András Fejér, Ralph Kirshbaum (tracks: 1 to 4)
- Composed By – Franz Schubert
- Engineer – Simon Eadon
- Ensemble – Takács Quartet
- Executive-Producer – Simon Perry
- Liner Notes – Misha Donat
- Producer – Andrew Keener
- Viola – Geraldine Walther
- Violin – Edward Dusinberre, Károly Schranz
NotesRecorded at the Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (England), 18-21 May 2012.
Total duration: 63:41.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode: 034571178646
- Label Code: LC 7533
- Other (SPARS code): DDD
- Rights Society: MCPS
- Matrix / Runout: CA CDA67864 @@
- Mastering SID Code: IFPI LY88
- Mould SID Code: IFPI 1284