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JANINE JANSEN & FRIENDS PERFORM MARVELOUS SCHOENBERG AND SCHUBERT CHAMBER WORKS,
This review is from: Schubert: String Quintet - Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht (Audio CD)
Five COLLABORATIVE Stars! With her latest Decca recording, Dutch violin virtuoso Janine Jansen enlists the aid of five of her talented friends, who are stars and established artists in their own right, to play what she calls "two of the most beautiful pieces of chamber music ever written". And indeed, they are! This album is released during the occasion of their live performances during the 10th anniversary of Janine's International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht: Arnold Schoenberg's Verklarte Nacht, Opus 4 and Franz Schubert's String Quintet in C major, D956. Verklarte Nacht (Transfigured Night) is a five part, single movement piece for string sextet based on the eponymous poem by Richard Dehmel (in which love wins in the end on a cold revelatory moonlit night) and it receives a sensational, highly emotional performance by Jansen and Boris Brovtsyn on violin, Amihai Grosz and Maxim Rysanov on viola, and Torleif Thedeen and Jens-Peter Maintz on cello, especially musical stanza II, Breiter (bar 200) giving musical life to an amazing transforming poem. The Schubert String Quintet is not based on a poem but Jansen offers a fragment which is fitting in mood: "Schubertiana" by Nobel Prize-winner Tomas Tranströmer. The quintet performance, minus Maxim Rysanov's viola, is also splendidly realized, especially the amazing 19 minute Allegro ma non troppo movement, the serene beauty of the audacious Adagio movement, and energetic, stately Allegretto movement. This is a brilliantly performed coupling of Schubert and Schoenberg by a great ensemble and it gets My Highest Recommendation. 5 INSPIRED Stars! (9 tracks; Time 83:10)
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Initial post: 9 May 2013 15:59:56 BDT
Roger Blackburn says:
A helpful review but perhaps the author could restore the Schubert to its proper status as a Quintet.
In reply to an earlier post on 9 May 2013 18:09:15 BDT
Thank you, Roger. Restored! Have a great day.
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