Schubert String Quartets

February 25, 2013, 7:00 pm

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Bill continues his in-depth look at the string quartet’s history with the music of Franz Schubert. His quartets are unique and remarkable. From his early teens, Schubert loved composing quartets with surprising key relationships and complicated rhythms. These “tone puzzles” can be heard within quartet movements and throughout the complete piece. On Friday’s program Bill adds an extra cello to feature Schubert’s final chamber work, the String Quintet in C Major. This “Cello Quintet” was composed just a few months before Schubert’s death.

Playlist

Episode 1

Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 2 in C Major, D. 32, I & II
Leipzig Quartet
Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Complete String Quartets Vol. 9
MDG 307 0609; 9:50

Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 4 in C Major, D. 46, I
Tokyo Quartet
Quartets Nos 14 & 4 / Tokyo Quartet
RCA 7990; 8:36, :50

Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 5 in B-flat Major, D. 68, II
Leipzig Quartet
Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Complete String Quartets Vol. 8
MDG 307 0608; 7:16

Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major, D. 87, II
Leipzig Quartet
Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Complete String Quartets Vol. 5
MDG 307 0605; 2:06

Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 9 in G Minor, D. 113, III & IV
Cherubini Quartet
Schubert – The Collector’s Edition, 50 CDs
EMI 49900

Episode 2

Franz Schubert arr. Franz Liszt: “Der Müller und der Bach” for Piano, S. 565 No. 2
Evgeni Kissin, piano
Schubert, Brahms, Liszt / Yevgeny Kissin
DG 445562; :54

Franz Schubert arr. Liszt: “Gretchen am Spinnrade” for Piano, S. 558 No. 8
Kissin, piano
Schubert, Brahms, Liszt / Yevgeny Kissin
DG 445562; 1:36

Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor, Op. 29, D. 804, Rosamunde, I & II, III (excerpt)
Hagen Quartet
String Quartets Nos 10, 12, & 13 / Hagen Qt
DG 419 171; 20:26, :40

Franz Schubert: “Die Götter Griechenlands,” D. 677
Fisher-Dieskau, baritone; Moore, piano
Die Götter Griechenlands, D. 677
DG 001431302; 3:43


Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor, Op. 29, D. 804, Rosamunde, III & IV

Hagen Quartet
String Quartets Nos 10, 12, & 13 / Hagen Qt
DG 419 171; 14:50

Johannes Brahms: String Quartet No. 2 In A Minor, Op. 51, III (excerpt)
Takács String Quartet
String Quartets Op. 51 / Takács Quartet
Decca 425526; :51

Franz Schubert: Quartet for Strings No. 12 in C Minor, Op. posth., D. 703, Quartettsatz
Vermeer Quartet
Der Tod Und Das Mädchen · Quartettsatz
Teldec 8.42868; :57, 9:09

Franz Schubert: Polonaise in B-flat Major for Violin and Orchestra, D. 580
Ensemble Wien; Paul Guggenberger, viola
12 Deutsche, Rondo, Ouvertüre, Etc / Ensemble Wien
Sony 48386; 1:21

Episode 3

Franz Schubert: “Der Tod und das Mädchen,” Op. 7, No. 3
Marian Anderson, contralto; Franz Rupp, piano
Marian Anderson Sings Beloved Schubert Songs
RCA 63575; 2:47

Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 In D Minor, D. 810, Death & The Maiden, I-II, III-IV
Guarneri Quartet
String Quartets Nos. 13 & 14 / Guarneri Quartet
Arabesque 6687; 24:19, 12:39, 3:14

Franz Schubert: Notturno in E-Flat Major, Op. 148, D. 897
Edward Dusinberre, violin; Andras Fejér, violoncello; Andreas Haefliger, piano
String Quartet D Major D887 / Notturno D897
London 452 854; 9:02

Episode 4

Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major, Op. 130 (excerpts from V & VI)
Emerson String Quartet
The String Quartets / Emerson String Quartet
DG 447075; 3:30, :56

Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, Op. 161, D. 887
Emerson String Quartet
Late Quartets, Quintet / Emerson Quartet, Rostropovich
DG 459151; 1:25, :36, 27:16, 17:21, 1:05

Episode 5

Franz Schubert: String Quintet in C, Op. 163, D. 956
Emerson Quartet; Rostropovich, violoncello
Late Quartets, Quintet / Emerson Quartet, Rostropovich
DG 289 459 151; 29:03, :35, 19:20, 1:34

Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 131, I (excerpt)
Emerson String Quartet
The String Quartets
DG 447 075-2; :53