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PAVEL HAAS QUARTET / SCHUBERT – Death and the Maiden, String Quintet

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Schubert – yet another Ace of Hearts of the Pavel Haas Quartet!

SU 4110-2    2 CDs    New recording

Release date: September 2013

Franz Schubert (1797–1828) String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, “Death and the Maiden”, String Quintet in C major, Op. 163

Pavel Haas Quartet (Veronika Jarůšková, Marek Zwiebel – violin, Pavel Nikl – viola, Peter Jarůšek – cello), Danjulo Ishizaka – cello

It may have seemed that after receiving the prestigious Gramophone Recording of the Year award in 2011 for their album featuring Dvořák pieces there were no higher accolades the young Pavel Haas Quartet could achieve. Yet, fortunately, the ensemble cares more about music than garnering prizes.

Schubert’s two paramount mature works, rightly ranked among the most valuable chamber gems, represent their Ace of Hearts. 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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CD 1
1.String Quartet No. 14 in D minor Death and the Maiden, Op. posth., D. 81000:37:51
music by: Franz Schubert
Pavel Haas Quartet
1.Allegro00:11:32MP3 example :: Allegro [470 kB]
music by: Franz Schubert
Pavel Haas Quartet
2.Andante con motto00:13:34MP3 example :: Andante con motto [470 kB]
music by: Franz Schubert
Pavel Haas Quartet
3.Scherzo. Allegro molto00:03:50MP3 example :: Scherzo. Allegro molto [471 kB]
music by: Franz Schubert
Pavel Haas Quartet
4.Presto00:08:53MP3 example :: Presto [470 kB]
music by: Franz Schubert
Pavel Haas Quartet
CD 2
1.String Quintet in C major, Op. posth., Op. 163, D. 95600:53:51
music by: Franz Schubert
cello: Danjulo Ishizaka
Pavel Haas Quartet
1.Allegro, ma non troppo00:19:56MP3 example :: Allegro, ma non troppo [471 kB]
music by: Franz Schubert
cello: Danjulo Ishizaka
Pavel Haas Quartet
2.Adagio00:14:44MP3 example :: Adagio [471 kB]
music by: Franz Schubert
cello: Danjulo Ishizaka
Pavel Haas Quartet
3.Scherzo. Presto - Trio. Andante sostenuto00:09:39MP3 example :: Scherzo. Presto - Trio. Andante sostenuto [471 kB]
music by: Franz Schubert
cello: Danjulo Ishizaka
Pavel Haas Quartet
4.Allegretto00:09:32MP3 example :: Allegretto [471 kB]
music by: Franz Schubert
cello: Danjulo Ishizaka
Pavel Haas Quartet


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