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Schubert & Dvorak Quartets (Scored For String Orchestra)

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1. I. Allegro
2. II. Andante Con Moto
3. III. Scherzo: Allegro Molto
4. IV. Presto
5. I. Allegro Ma Non Troppo
6. II. Lento
7. III. Molto Vivace
8. IV. Finale: Vivace Ma Non Troppo

Product Details

  • Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Charles Rosekrans
  • Composer: Franz Schubert, Anton Dvorak
  • Audio CD (July 9, 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B0000A4G3Z
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,006 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. SIMPSON on August 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Two great works on this disc, with one emerging stronger as a transcription than the other.
The Dvorak is a songful piece which is able to "take" its transcription for string orchestra very well. True, some specific emotions, such as wistfulness become more generalised sentiments, but on the whole the music seems, quite appropriately to "go outdoors" and serenade. At times the beauty of the violins' en masse sheen is quite breathtaking and yet details of tunes being tossed from one instrument to the other still register clearly. The whole piece comes across as a believable piece of music which couild have been written for this body of strings.
Sound is very good, and the soundstage is both wide and believable.
The Schubert 14th is in many ways a more complex piece (which is not to decry Dvorak's own particular genius in any way) aqnd it has to be said that it loses far more than the Dvorak in transcription, even if the transcription is made, as here by an eminent composer (Mahler). You'd think that Mahler's own searching, neurotic personality would have served Schubert well, but far too much edge and bite are lost, along with menace. Unexpectedly, the quartet is sanitised a little, - and a little counts for a lot with Schubert, especially in this work. Unlike the Dvorak, I never really felt as though this form and sound could ever have been Schubert's intention, notwithstanding the Royal Phil. players' passion.
Also unexpectedly, the recording doesn't help. Lower register strings come across far too often as a homogenised growl, rather than a bite, and passing upper register detail gets lost. This isn't the case with the Dvorak, so I have to attribute much of the blame to Gustav.
Another problem with the recording is a constant background noise.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. SIMPSON on August 2, 2003
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Two great works on this disc, with one emerging stronger as a transcription than the other.
The Dvorak is a songful piece which is able to "take" its transcription for string orchestra very well. True, some specific emotions, such as wistfulness become more generalised sentiments, but on the whole the music seems, quite appropriately to "go outdoors" and serenade. At times the beauty of the violins' en masse sheen is quite breathtaking and yet details of tunes being tossed from one instrument to the other still register clearly. The whole piece comes across as a believable piece of music which couild have been written for this body of strings.
Sound is very good, and the soundstage is both wide and believable.
The Schubert 14th is in many ways a more complex piece (which is not to decry Dvorak's own particular genius in any way) aqnd it has to be said that it loses far more than the Dvorak in transcription, even if the transcription is made, as here by an eminent composer (Mahler). You'd think that Mahler's own searching, neurotic personality would have served Schubert well, but far too much edge and bite are lost, along with menace. Unexpectedly, the quartet is sanitised a little, - and a little counts for a lot with Schubert, especially in this work. Unlike the Dvorak, I never really felt as though this form and sound could ever have been Schubert's intention, notwithstanding the Royal Phil. players' passion.
Also unexpectedly, the recording doesn't help. Lower register strings come across far too often as a homogenised growl, rather than a bite, and passing upper register detail gets lost. This isn't the case with the Dvorak, so I have to attribute much of the blame to Gustav.
Another problem with the recording is a constant background noise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Bower VINE VOICE on March 7, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I bought this disc because it had Death and the Maiden recorded on it; as a former cellist I still have a love of string quartets and am particularly fond of Death and the Maiden. I noticed, before I bought it, that this version had been arranged for string orchestra and was somewhat interested in hearing the results.

When I heard it the first time I was a little put off by the sound of the massed strings playing parts I had associated with single instruments for so long. After a second listen I decided it had something to say, different of course, but interesting. Gustav Mahler is identified as the arranger of the Schubert for string orchestra.

Sonically I play the recording on a surround sound system designed for music reproduction; the sound is very good to my ears although I'm having the most trouble accepting the heavier sound of the cellos and basses where I have been accustomed to hearing one cello. Overall the strings have a smooth sound without the distortion all too often associated with a larger group of violins.

Between the two I'm much fonder of the Schubert than the Dvorak after playing both of them many times.

The Dvorak is enjoyable to listen to although not so much to me as the Schubert. I started trying to research the name of the individual who arranged the Dvorak for string orchestra and could not find any information on who that might be. I did find one reference to the "Premier Performance" of the string orchestra arrangement in a program of the "Newtown Chamber Orchestra" dated November 21, 2004. In view of the fact that this recording was made in London in August of 2002 it would suggest that there are multiple arrangements for string orchestra circulating.
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