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


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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Franz Schubert
  • Audio CD (23 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Supraphon
  • ASIN: B00008FTYD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,277 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Listen  1. String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, D. 810, "Death and the Maiden": I. Allegro11:32£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, D. 810, "Death and the Maiden": II. Andante con motto13:34£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, D. 810, "Death and the Maiden": III. Scherzo - Allegro molto 3:50£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, D. 810, "Death and the Maiden": IV. Presto 8:53£0.69  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. String Quintet in C Major, Op. 163, D. 956: I. Allegro, ma non troppo19:56£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. String Quintet in C Major, Op. 163, D. 956: II. Adagio14:43£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. String Quintet in C Major, Op. 163, D. 956: III. Scherzo. Presto - Trio. Andante sostenuto 9:39£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. String Quintet in C Major, Op. 163, D. 956: IV. Allegretto 9:31£0.69  Buy MP3 

Product Description

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Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2014 Chamber category winner!

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.It's 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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If CDs had grooves I would already have worn out these marvellous recordings by the Pavel Haas Quartet of Schubert's Death and the Maiden Quartet and his Quintet in C.The young Czechs have the perfect fusion of virtuosity and profundity.Death and the Maiden is given the more melodramatic reading, but the masterfully paced and subtly nuanced performance of the sublime Quintet is the one that bowls me over. 5 Stars - The Times --The Times

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By JB TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Sept. 2013
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Troels Engberg-Pedersen on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. David Williams on 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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What can I say? I am now 67 and was not familiar with this Schubert quartet......A mind-blowing composition, a quartet of symphonic proportions, magnificently played by the Pavel Haas Quartet.
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Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. Converted me to Schubert.
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10 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Thropplenoggin on 23 Sept. 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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By David E. Johnson on 25 Aug. 2014
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Great purchase
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