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Schubert: String Quartets Nos. 13 & 14


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listen  1. String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor, Op. 29: I. Allegro ma non troppo10:48Album Only
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listen  3. String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor, Op. 29: III. Menuetto. Allegretto 7:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, D.810, Death and the Maiden: I. Allegro11:33Album Only
listen  6. String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, D.810, Death and the Maiden: II. Andante con molto12:53Album Only
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  • Performer: David Soyer, Michael Tree, Arnold Steinhardt, John Dalley
  • Composer: Franz Schubert
  • Audio CD (March 9, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arabesque Recordings
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • ASIN: B000000T9L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,905 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is a wonderful record. After 34 years together, the Guarneri Quartet's balance, interplay, beauty, and homogeneity of tone are incomparable. The rhythm is flexible, the phrasing elegant, and the transitions and changes of mood and character seem as natural as breathing. The players' expressiveness is warm, noble, and deeply felt; they bring out every emotional nuance of these late great Schubert quartets. Written in the shadow of death, their somberness only deepened by occasional gleams of sunlight, they represent a triumph of inspired creativity over poverty, ill health, and public indifference. No. 13, suffused with a poignant, wistful yearning, cries out in despair and ends in resignation; No. 14 is dark, dramatic, tense, driven. In both, Schubert uses melodies from earlier works: in No. 13 the Rosamunde theme, in No. 14 not only the song of the title, but also an echo of Erlkonig. --Edith Eisler

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 2, 1999
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I find this recording of the A minor and D minor Shubert quartets to be outstanding. In their later years, they go a little slower than they once did, but to the service of the music. Get this recording. you won't be disappointed. The 2nd mvmt of the A minor alone will make you glad you bought it. And the Menuet of the same quartet would surely gain Schubert's approval.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Emanuel E. Garcia, MD on November 24, 2000
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These two beautiful quartets, performed by superb musicians who have collaborated for over three decades, are spellbinding. The Guarneri Quartet has poured its long experience into every note and what results is tremendously moving, astonishing. What a realization of Schubert!
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Sorry, but I don't hear quite all the wonderful things described by the Amazon reviewer. For quite awhile the Guarneri has been running on automatic, their energy in decline, their freshness worn thin. Happily, these late remakes of the 'Rosamunde' and "Death and the Maiden" quartets that were among the Guarneri's best recordings on TCA from years past benefit from the group's years of experience. On this occasion they rise to something close to their former glory. The most ravishing aspect of this CD is Arabesque's phenomeal sound, among the best I've ever heard for a string quartet. We leap right in the midst of the music-making, and every nuance is captured with intimacy and impact. Also, the group's technical command hasn't deteriorated -- tis was always a quartet of virtuosos.

So I can see why ohters rate this a five-star recording. If every movement were as evocative as the slow movement of #14, I'd agree. But the minuets feel slow and a little bland (#13) or edgy and rough (#14). The greatest Schubert quartet playing, as exhibited by the Busch and the Alban Berg Qt., is a marvel of poetry, affection, dramatic contrast, and mystery. Those are subjective words, of course, so other ears may disagree. In any event, I enjoyed this outing by the Guarneri more than any of their recordings for twenty years and hope they keep playing in the same vein, particularly with such gorgeous sonics.
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This is sublime music of the highest order. I played this CD turned up loud in my car and almost drove off the road. The Guarneri attacks these two Schubert masterpieces with an energy and intensity that borders on ferocity, bringing out the anguish and beauty of the music in a way that made me feel as if I were hearing it for the first time. I have to believe that in his heart, this is the way Schubert meant for these quartets to be played!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Grace on December 26, 2012
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By request for my mother, who's a big classical music fan and especially fond of small string ensembles. How do you go wrong with Shubert?
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