Schubert’s works remained close to the heart of the Amadeus Quartet throughout its entire life. The quartet’s approach to his youthful works was reserved and timid, whilst the great quartets of his maturity were played passionately and dramatically; in the G major Quartet, the contrasts were given special emphasis.more
"Certainly, no listener will remain unaffected by these fascinating performances. The Amadeus Quartet combines quivering drama, high emotionality, joy of life and refreshing lyricism in order to show the bright and the dark sides of Schubert’s music." (Pizzicato)
The RIAS Amadeus Quartet Schubert Recordings
The RIAS Amadeus Quartet Recordings, Vol. II
|release date:||23. November 2013|
|total time:||153 min.|
First-hand impressions of producer Ludger Böckenhoff [German]
Following the release of Beethoven String Quartets with the Amadeus Quartett, audite now presents the second volume in this recording series featuring works by Franz Schubert. Alongside classical composers led by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, from the outset the music of Franz Schubert formed a pillar of the Amadeus Quartet's repertoire. Not only did the musicians devote themselves to the three great quartets - the Rosamunde, Death and the Maiden and the String Quartet in G major - but they also played some of the early quartets on a regular basis.
The trademarks of the world-famous string quartet were a beautiful sound and technical perfection; in 1975 the famous German critic Joachim Kaiser confirmed that the Amadeus Quartet was „still the best string quartet in the world". The ensemble's fame had evolved, alongside many concerts and world-wide tours, thanks to its numerous recordings on disc. Less well-known, however, is the fact that the Amadeus Quartet also made many radio recordings. For nearly twenty years, from 1950 until 1969, the Amadeus Quartet regularly travelled to the Berlin RIAS studios. Here, a whole host of recordings was made, reflecting not only the quartet's core repertoire, but also novelties - works that had previously not been performed by the Amadeus Quartet. In the audite series The RIAS Amadeus Quartet Recordings, the majority of these recordings are released in six thematically assembled boxed CD sets.
The Amadeus Quartet finds a particular quality for each of the quartets and thus does justice to the requirements and the content of the music. The early quartets are not overloaded with a "big sound", but are played with a light and lean timbre. For the Rosamunde Quartet, the ensemble presents an interpretation characterised by an inner calm and, at the same time, a piercing intensity. Death and the Maiden reveals precise preparation resulting in a homogenous balance. The underlying sense of drama of the G major String Quartet, Schubert's final quartet, is emphasised by great contrasts. The very early radio recordings of 1950 and 1951 in particular are characterised by impetuous turbulence and youthful exuberance, which are transformed in the later recordings into classical balance, perfection and a beautiful tone.
These radio recordings made by the Amadeus Quartet add to, and widen, the view of the astonishing and successful history of this ensemble.
This release is furnished with a "producer's comment" by producer Ludger Böckenhoff.
Alongside classical composers led by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, from the outset the music of Franz Schubert formed a pillar of the Amadeus Quartet's repertoire. Not only did the musicians devote themselves to the three great quartets - the Rosamunde, Death and the Maiden and the String Quartet in G major - but they also played some of the early quartets on a regular basis.
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