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Schubert:- Death And The Maiden Quartet and String Quintet In C Major [Double CD]

Quatuor Pavel Haas Audio CD
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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Franz Schubert
  • Audio CD (23 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Supraphon
  • ASIN: B00008FTYD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,486 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, D. 810, "Death and the Maiden": I. AllegroPavel Haas Quartet11:32Album Only
Listen  2. String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, D. 810, "Death and the Maiden": II. Andante con mottoPavel Haas Quartet13:34Album Only
Listen  3. String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, D. 810, "Death and the Maiden": III. Scherzo - Allegro moltoPavel Haas Quartet 3:500.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, D. 810, "Death and the Maiden": IV. PrestoPavel Haas Quartet 8:530.69  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. String Quintet in C Major, Op. 163, D. 956: I. Allegro, ma non troppoDanjulo Ishizaka, Pavel Haas Quartet19:56Album Only
Listen  2. String Quintet in C Major, Op. 163, D. 956: II. AdagioDanjulo Ishizaka, Pavel Haas Quartet14:43Album Only
Listen  3. String Quintet in C Major, Op. 163, D. 956: III. Scherzo. Presto - Trio. Andante sostenutoDanjulo Ishizaka, Pavel Haas Quartet 9:390.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. String Quintet in C Major, Op. 163, D. 956: IV. AllegrettoDanjulo Ishizaka, Pavel Haas Quartet 9:310.69  Buy MP3 


Product Description

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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.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.

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Pavel Haas Quartet - Danjulo Ishizaka, violoncelle

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dance of Death 27 Sep 2013
By JB TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The Pavel Haas Quartet was formed in 2002 and took their name from a composer whom they regard as central to the develoment of Czech music. A new recording by them is always an event and since winning Record of the Year at the 2011 Gramophone Awards (for Dvorak - String Quartets Op. 106 & 96 "American") anticipation has increased.

Here, again for their homeland label of Supraphon, the Quartet attempt what are unquestionably twin peaks in the Romantic landscape: Death and the Maiden and the String Quintet. Both of these works are associated with death; the Quartet was written in 1824 when the composer realized that he was dying. It takes its name from the song of the same name, which also provides the theme for the second movement. The Quintet was finished only months before his death in 1828, and ends with what some have taken to be Schubert's premonition of his own finality in its unison closing D-flat followed by C.

The force with which the players launch Death and the Maiden is astonishing, a statement of seemingly super-human effort which appears to transcend the medium of the quartet. This gives way to a delicacy, almost a frailty as fervor turns to despondency, hope to despair. The contrasts between death's terrors and comforts are brought into stark relief in playing which grips and doesn't let go, as we're drawn on relentlessly towards the final tarantella, the dance of death.

The Quintet's opening movement is laid out here with an expansiveness which is deceptive; below the surface the tension is acute, sustained notes intensifying and deepening, urgent undercurrents bursting out before being temporarily quelled.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Gramophone was right 9 Jan 2014
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This new version of Schubert's two masterpieces was highly praised recently in The Gramophone. And they were right. The playing is extremely lively, intense and beautiful (e.g. the tone of the 1st violin). And the two works themselves are of course eternal masterpieces. Here they come alive the way they should.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely stunning performances 19 Feb 2014
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Absolutely stunning performances of two of the greatest works in the repertory. What more can I say except that I look forward to more from this extraordinary quartet?! (Guest cellist also superb in the Quintet.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'What passion cannot Music raise and quell?' 23 Sep 2013
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Zounds! Egad! And, why not, Gadzooks! Not more versions of Schubert's Death and the Maiden and his beloved String Quintet! Both have received profligate treatment at the hands o'the gramophone from revered bow-botherers since time immemorial. What could these young upstarts possibly have new to say about the bitumen-black heart of the former and the arcane mysteries of the latter?

Quite a lot, as it happens.

These chaps and chapesses play with an almost ludicrously euphonious tone. Vibrato is applied judiciously (that is to say, there is very little), but there is none of your hairshirt self-mortification that some historically-informed groups have. Modern instruments are, I believe, employed. And oodles of sensibility. 'Feeling'. One is given the impression that they are entangled in a dangerous embrace with these passionate works. Life or death stuff. These aren't superficial exercises in technique, a routine run-through, but heartfelt renderings to be locked on that precious silver disc for however long forever is. In other words, these rapscallions actually give a damn. They actually transmit whatever it is Schubert was trying to transmit as he stood astride the grave, eyeing its abyss.

This is a disc of supreme balance: gusto and restraint at apposite moments and neither to excess. The motif from Death & The Maiden's opening is underscored without becoming either banal, hysterical or camp melodrama. The cellist in the Quintet is Danjulo Ishizaka, lauded by no less a bow-merchant as Slava himself. So, what of that keystone movement, the adagio? Here is that bewitching otherworldliness so often only hinted at in rough approximation but never quite achieved. Reader, my flabber was quite gasted!
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