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Schubert: String Quintet, String Quartets in G & D minor; Death And the Maiden

Belcea Quartet , Valentin Erben , Franz Schubert Audio CD
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Disc 1:

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listen  1. String Quintet D956: I. Allegro Ma Non TroppoBelcea Quartet/Valentin Erben20:00Album Only
listen  2. String Quintet D956: II. AdagioBelcea Quartet/Valentin Erben14:33Album Only
listen  3. String Quintet D956: III. Scherzo (Presto) & Trio (Andante Sostenuto)Belcea Quartet/Valentin Erben 8:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. String Quintet D956: IV. AllegrettoBelcea Quartet/Valentin Erben 9:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. String Quartet No. 15 In G Major D.887: I. Allegro Molto ModeratoBelcea Quartet22:05Album Only


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listen  1. String Quartet No. 15 In G Major D.887: II. Andante Un Poco MotoBelcea Quartet12:27Album Only
listen  2. String Quartet No. 15 In G Major D.887: III. Scherzo (Allegro Vivace) & Trio (Allegretto)Belcea Quartet 7:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. String Quartet No. 15 In G Major D.887: IV. Allegro AssaiBelcea Quartet10:46Album Only
listen  4. String Quartet No. 14 In D Minor, D810 \"Death And The Maiden\": AllegroBelcea Quartet16:03Album Only
listen  5. String Quartet No. 14 In D Minor, D810 \"Death And The Maiden\": Andante Con MotoBelcea Quartet14:27Album Only
listen  6. String Quartet No. 14 In D Minor, D810 \"Death And The Maiden\": Scherzo (Allegro Molto)Belcea Quartet 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. String Quartet No. 14 In D Minor, D810 \"Death And The Maiden\": PrestoBelcea Quartet 9:17$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Conductor: Belcea Quartet
  • Composer: Franz Schubert
  • Audio CD (January 12, 2010)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B002OPY7OY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,999 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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" . . . Though barely older than Schubert at the time of his death, the Belcea players gave us playing and interpretation of the highest imaginable standard throughout this demanding program. . . String quartet playing at this phenomenally high level is a rare experience and one to treasure . . ." -- Crosscut Seattle

Product Description

The Belcea Quartet has added three late masterpieces by Franz Schubert to their impressive discography on EMI Classics; the Quartet in D Minor 'Death and the Maiden', the Quartet in G Major D887 and the sublime Straing Quintet in C Major with Valentin Erben of the Alban Berg Quartet as the second cellist. The quartet has garnered various praises for their take on Schubert. The New York Times recently stated, "In the Belcea's account [of 'Death and the Maiden'] the worked seemed so formidable and emotionally complex that there was nothing more to say." With Valentin Erben, the Belcea Quartet's brilliant Schubert release cannot be ignored.



The Belcea Quartet has gained an enviable reputation as one of the leading quartets of the new generation, winning the Gramophone Award for Best Debut Recording in 2001. As exclusive EMI recording artists, their discography includes Schubert quartets, Brahms' String Quartet Op. 51, No. 1 and second String Quintet with Thomas Kakuska, and, most recently the complete Bartok quartets, for which the Quartet was awarded the title Chamber Music Ensemble of the Year by Germany's prestigious Echo Klassik Awards and nominated for a 2008 Gramophone Award.


"...Though barely older than Schubert at the time of his death, the Belcea players gave us playing and interpretation of the highest imaginable standard throughout this demanding program...String quartet playing at this phenomenally high level is a rare experience and one to treasure..." --Crosscut Seattle


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An indispensable set March 17, 2013
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I notice Sante Fe quoting a British review that these are "brisk and businesslike" performances. His own comments describe very different, indeed inviting qualities, and after taking the plunge I am glad to have taken his advice. As for the British review, I can only surmise that those words were written as "press copy" without an actual audition of the album or else that the reviewer is tone deaf and therefore in the wrong profession.
After all, who could miss, after the opening statement of No. 14, that the Belcea players seem to have interrogated the "Death and the Maiden" title as to its real meaning? Perhaps they read the poem - not a bad idea since Schubert was obviously deeply impressed by it. What they convey here makes for a very different feeling than you get from practically all other readings: a sense of furtive menace, of shivering fear. They play this section pianissimo in the higher register, and emphasise the threatening darkness of the lower strings. A highly innovative approach, carried through with complete conviction into the 2nd movement which brings the song itself into the picture. The bleak grimaces of the Scherzo - this astonishing pre-echo of the "Nibelungen Not" (Wagner, Siegfried Prelude Act I!) - and the hell-ride through the dark forest of the Presto bring out a cumulative sense of despair that forces one to understand that this work is one of the great tragic poems of mankind - musically on par with the Appassionata or BWV 542, which Adorno appropriately called "black music".
Their rendition of the G major Quartet and the Quintet is no less successful - if this is the right word. I can hardly go into detail, as desirable as it might be. The sense of mystery that pervades No.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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The Belcea Quartet have established themselves over the last few years as one of the best young quartets on the world scene. Most importantly for me they can be relied on to play accurately in tune whatever the changing difficulties of the scores that are being performed. There is nothing so agonising as out-of tune string chamber music and it is a mystery to me how so many respected quartets from previous generations simply cannot play in tune. No such problems here.

Not only do the Belcea's play in tune, they also play with good tone control and, on top of all that, they play unfailingly musically. This disc is a good example of all of these achievements. String quintets are particularly demanding for string players as here is no fixed pitch instrument to tune to (such as in a piano or clarinet quintet for example).

In terms of interpretation, these pieces are played with an awareness that they are works of maturity but nevertheless still works of a relatively young man. As a result speeds may be steady at times but these are balanced by passages of considerable vitality such as in finales. With such well-known works it is easy to fall into a listeners 'rut' of expectation. Provided a reasonably open mind is kept as regards small details it is likely that these performances will feel and sound completely convincing in their own way. They have now replaced my earlier, much respected, previous recordings and I am happy to own just this one quintet anf 15th quartet. I must own up to another Death and the Maiden though.

This pair of discs may be the only version you will actually need of these works and are suitable as a rewarding 'only' version. However, they will also be ideal as an alternative view for collectors of multiple versions.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb January 17, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I have many versions of the Death & the Maiden quartet & this is the only one I would set along side of the 1937 Busch Quartet recording. If the Busch Quartet could be brought back at the height of their powers and taken to a modern studio...this would be the result. I can't imagine anything ever surpassing what the Belcea Quartet has done here. Absolutely superb.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding performances and recording January 4, 2012
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Without any questions the leading version in these works. The Death and the Maiden is overwhelming in its emotion, particularly the slow movement. No one is likely to be disappointed after acquiring this superb version.
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