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Schubert, Sibelius : Death & the Maiden, Intimate Voices

Ehnes Quartet

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The strengths of this recording by the Ehnes Quartet, led by the remarkable Canadian violinist James Ehnes, are manifold. First there is the unusual pairing of the two D minor quartets, Schubert's String Quartet No. 14, D. 810 ("Death and the Maiden") and Sibelius' String Quartet, Op. 56 ("Voces Intimae"), which have rarely if ever been put together but have everything to do with each other, beginning with the threat of death faced by each composer at the time. Second is the extremely sharp recording of the much-recorded Schubert, which tends toward the hyper-emotional end of the spectrum but cages the emotions into hard-edged, slashing counterpoint. Sample the first movement for a taste; the four movements are all well thought out. Then there is the five-movement Sibelius quartet, his only work in the form and a difficult piece to come to terms with: it does not fit into the epic vision of the composer's symphonies, nor into the transparent language of his theater music, nor even into the gloom of the contemporaneous Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63, even though it clearly shares that work's creative genesis. For the Ehnes Quartet, the quartet is something like a Scandinavian expressionist drama, with a flow of darkly submerged inner emotions. Finally, Onyx's engineering work in England's Potton Hall, Suffolk, is vivid and sharp. This is an exceptional recording of chamber music.
© TiVo

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1
String Quartet No.14 in D Minor, ‘Death and the Maiden’ D. 810: I. Allegro
Ehnes Quartet
00:15:35

Franz Schubert, Composer - Ehnes Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2016 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2016 PM Classics Ltd

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String Quartet No.14 in D Minor, ‘Death and the Maiden’ D. 810: II. Andante con moto
Ehnes Quartet
00:13:24

Franz Schubert, Composer - Ehnes Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2016 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2016 PM Classics Ltd

3
String Quartet No.14 in D Minor, ‘Death and the Maiden’ D. 810: III. Scherzo - Allegro molto
Ehnes Quartet
00:04:12

Franz Schubert, Composer - Ehnes Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2016 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2016 PM Classics Ltd

4
String Quartet No.14 in D Minor, ‘Death and the Maiden’ D. 810: IV. Presto – Prestissimo
Ehnes Quartet
00:09:08

Franz Schubert, Composer - Ehnes Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2016 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2016 PM Classics Ltd

5
String Quartet in D Minor, ‘Intimate Voices’ Op. 56: I. Andante – Allegro molto moderato
Ehnes Quartet
00:06:22

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Ehnes Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2016 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2016 PM Classics Ltd

6
String Quartet in D Minor, ‘Intimate Voices’ Op. 56: II. Vivace
Ehnes Quartet
00:02:38

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Ehnes Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2016 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2016 PM Classics Ltd

7
String Quartet in D Minor, ‘Intimate Voices’ Op. 56: III. Adagio di molto
Ehnes Quartet
00:11:11

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Ehnes Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2016 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2016 PM Classics Ltd

8
String Quartet in D Minor, ‘Intimate Voices’ Op. 56: IV. Allegretto (ma pesante)
Ehnes Quartet
00:06:02

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Ehnes Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2016 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2016 PM Classics Ltd

9
String Quartet in D Minor, ‘Intimate Voices’ Op. 56: V. Allegro
Ehnes Quartet
00:05:25

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Ehnes Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2016 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2016 PM Classics Ltd

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The strengths of this recording by the Ehnes Quartet, led by the remarkable Canadian violinist James Ehnes, are manifold. First there is the unusual pairing of the two D minor quartets, Schubert's String Quartet No. 14, D. 810 ("Death and the Maiden") and Sibelius' String Quartet, Op. 56 ("Voces Intimae"), which have rarely if ever been put together but have everything to do with each other, beginning with the threat of death faced by each composer at the time. Second is the extremely sharp recording of the much-recorded Schubert, which tends toward the hyper-emotional end of the spectrum but cages the emotions into hard-edged, slashing counterpoint. Sample the first movement for a taste; the four movements are all well thought out. Then there is the five-movement Sibelius quartet, his only work in the form and a difficult piece to come to terms with: it does not fit into the epic vision of the composer's symphonies, nor into the transparent language of his theater music, nor even into the gloom of the contemporaneous Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63, even though it clearly shares that work's creative genesis. For the Ehnes Quartet, the quartet is something like a Scandinavian expressionist drama, with a flow of darkly submerged inner emotions. Finally, Onyx's engineering work in England's Potton Hall, Suffolk, is vivid and sharp. This is an exceptional recording of chamber music.
© TiVo

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