The highly anticipated new recording from the Gramophone Recording of the Year winners in 2011.
The Pavel Haas Quartet bring their inimitable skills to two of Schubert’s late chamber masterpieces Two years on from their award winning Dvorak album, the Pavel Haas Quartet turn their attention to Schubert’s two late masterpiece.
The String Quartet in D minor has a sort of dark cipher encoded within. The title “Death and the Maiden” reflects the quotation from Schubert’s eponymous song in the second movement. The theme of death is also underlined by other quotations and the choice of the key of D minor, which according to the period definition is characterised by “heavy-hearted womanliness, spleen and foreboding”.
Schubert completed his String Quintet in C major for an uncommon formation with two cellos a mere two months before his death. Its instrumentation occasionally gives an almost orchestral impression, with the cello playing a significant role as the bearer of melody.
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SCHUBERT Death And The Maiden, String Quintet In C Major. Pavel Haas Quartet, Danjulo Ishizaka. Supraphon 2cds
The Pavel Haas Quartet invited along a distinguished friend to the recording sessions, the exceptional German-Japanese cellist Danjulo Ishizaka, whose qualities were concisely described by Mstislav Rostropovich: “Phenomenal in his technical ability, perfect in his musical creative power”.
“Throughout, their understanding of the musical argument is exemplary…at every stage the performers respond with both passion and a clear feeling for musical line…In truth, there are so many details that delight the ear it would be almost impossible to list the all” BBC Music Magazine.
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