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String Quartets

Raphael Quartet

String Quartets

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Globe
UPC: 8711525505100
Catnr: GLO 5051
Release date: 19 August 2002
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Globe
UPC
8711525505100
Catalogue number
GLO 5051
Release date
19 August 2002
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Beautiful performances of three of Schubert's major string quartets
Schubert's string quartets are among the most popular items in the realm of chamber music and for that reason alone there will be a lot of interest from the public. The music is performed by the Raphael Quartet, who have a well-earned reputation in this field and it was on the express wish of the Quartet itself that these works were recorded because they felt they had something new and worthwhile to offer with their interpretations of these master pieces.

In the summer or 1981, four string players from various orchestras of the Netherlands Broadcasting Corporation banded together to form a string quartet which they named after the great Italian sculptor, painter and architect Rafaello. In 1983, the Quartet became an official ensemble of the Dutch radio network and made its official concert debut in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. The repertoire of the Raphael Quartet spans a range or styles and periods from Haydn to Shostakovich and many invitations for international concerts have led to a growing critical reputation. The Raphael Quartet recorded for Globe already some well-received programs: Mendelssohn String Quartets and lhe String Quartets by Franck and Debussy.

Prachtige uitvoeringen van de meesterlijke Strijkkwartetten van Schubert
In de zomer van 1981 kwamen vier strijkers uit verschillende Nederlandse orkesten bijeen om een strijkkwartet te vormen, dat ze vernoemden naar Rafaello, de grootse Italiaanse beeldhouwer, schilder en architect. In 1983 werd het Raphael Quartet een officieel ensemble van de Nederlandse radio-omroep, en maakte het zijn debuut in het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Het repertoire van het kwartet omvat stijlen en perioden van Haydn tot Sjostakovitsj. De vele uitnodigingen voor internationale concerten hebben geleid tot een groeiende reputatie onder de critici. Het kwartet nam eerder de strijkkwartetten van Mendelssohn, Franck en Debussy op.

Dit album bevat prachtige uitvoeringen van drie belangrijke Strijkkwartetten van Schubert. Deze strijkkwartetten behoren tot de meest populaire werken op het gebied van kamermuziek. Alleen al om deze reden is het album zeer interessant voor een breed publiek. Het Raphael Quartet heeft een welverdiende reputatie op dit gebied. De kwartetten werden op hun eigen verzoek opgenomen, omdat zij voelden dat ze iets nieuws en waardevols konden bieden met hun interpretaties van deze meesterwerken.

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Franz Schubert

Franz Peter Schubert was an Austrian composer. Schubert already died before his 32nd birthday, but was extremely prolific during his lifetime. His output consists of over six hundred secular vocal works (mainly Lieder), seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music and a large body of chamber and piano music. Appreciation of his music while he was alive was limited to a relatively small circle of admirers in Vienna, but interest in his work increased significantly in the decades following his death. Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms and other 19th-century composers discovered and championed his works. Today, Schubert is ranked among the greatest composers of the late Classical and early Romantic eras and is one of the...
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Franz Peter Schubert was an Austrian composer. Schubert already died before his 32nd birthday, but was extremely prolific during his lifetime. His output consists of over six hundred secular vocal works (mainly Lieder), seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music and a large body of chamber and piano music. Appreciation of his music while he was alive was limited to a relatively small circle of admirers in Vienna, but interest in his work increased significantly in the decades following his death. Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms and other 19th-century composers discovered and championed his works. Today, Schubert is ranked among the greatest composers of the late Classical and early Romantic eras and is one of the most frequently performed composers of the early nineteenth century.
It was in the genre of the Lied that Schubert made his most indelible mark. Prior to Schubert's influence, Lieder tended toward a strophic, syllabic treatment of text, evoking the folksong qualities engendered by the stirrings of Romantic nationalism. Schubert expanded the potentialities of the genre like no other composer before.

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