Minguet Quartett & Jens Peter Maintz

Walter Braunfels, String Quartets Nos. 1-3 & String Quintet

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Format: CD
Label: CAvi
UPC: 4260085530182
Catnr: AVI 8553018
Release date: 02 September 2022
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Catalogue number
AVI 8553018
Release date
02 September 2022

About the album

Complete Recording of Braunfels’ String Chamber Music

“Analysis obviously cannot seize the essence. […] If my music has meaning, it does not lie in the musical material itself, but beneath it: in the artistic approach and its relationship with my world view.” (Walter Braunfels).

Walter Braunfels wrote his first two string quartets in 1944; they were followed after the war by the String Quintet (1946/47), the Third String Quartet (1946/47), and the new Final Movement composed for the latter (1953). All these works meet the highest standards in terms of transparent voice leading, closely knit polyphony, and boldly expanded tonal harmony. In 1933 he was dismissed from all posts, regardless of his merits, because he was half Jewish. Braunfels was restored to his post of director at Cologne Conservatory in 1945. . Braunfels was swimming against the tide: profoundly rooted in the Classical-Romantic tradition, his style was deemed inconvenient in the face of prevalent postmodern tendencies in the first years after the war.

Gesamteinspielung der Streicher-Kammermusik
„Mit Analysen ist es ja nicht getan, … wenn mein Schaffen eine Bedeutung hat, so liegt sie nicht im Material an sich, sondern in der künstlerischen Anschauung, in ihrer weltanschaulichen Bezogenheit, die hinter dem Material steht“ (Walter Braunfels).

Mit der Gesamteinspielung der Streicherkammermusik von Walter Braunfels verneigt sich das in Köln beheimatete Minguet Quartett vor eben jenem Komponisten, der in der Zeit zwischen den beiden Weltkriegen speziell in Köln das Ausbildungspotential werdender Musiker entscheidend geprägt hat.

Nachdem der derzeit hochgeschätzte und gefeierte Komponist und Pianist dem Ruf des Kultusministeriums gefolgt war, in Köln die zweite Preußische Musikhochschule zu gründen, wirkte er ebenda von 1925 bis 1933 als Präsident und Hochschullehrer. Dann entließ man ihn, den Halbjuden, aus allen seinen Ämtern, ungeachtet seiner bisherigen Verdienste.

Der Geächtete ging in die innere Emigration und zog nach Überlingen am Bodensee. Erschien das ‚geistige Exil‘ noch irgendwie ertragbar, folgte das endgültige Aus 1938; öffentliche Konzerte wurden per Dekret untersagt. Diese Blockade bedeutete totale Beschränkung künstlerischer Arbeit und Entzug jenes zeit- und raumerschließenden Resonanzbodens, dessen schaffende Musiker so notwendig bedürfen.

„Da Köln der Sitz sowohl des Quartetts als auch des Funkhauses und des Labels ist, schien es allen Beteiligten mehr als naheliegend und an der Zeit, diesem in den Jahren 1925–1933 für die Stadt so bedeutenden Komponisten und Pädagogen, der später ebenda viel Leid und Häme ertragen musste, mit einer Komplettaufnahme ein klingendes Denkmal zu setzen.“ (Ausschnitt aus dem Booklettext von Ute Jung-Kaiser)


Ulrich Isfort Violin I
Annette Reisinger Violin II
Aida-Carmen Soanea Viola
(*Aroa Sorin Viola)
Matthias Diener Cello
**Jens Peter Maintz 2nd Cello

The Minguet Quartet, founded in 1988, is one of the most internationally sought-after string quartets
today and gives guest performances in all the great concert halls of the world. The passionate and
intelligent interpretations of the Minguet Quartet always ensure inspiring listening experiences –
“for the joy in sound and expression with which the ensemble makes the works speak enlivens even
the smallest detail” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). The namesake of the Quartet is Pablo Minguet,
a Spanish philosopher of the 18th century who attempted, in his writings, to facilitate access to the
fine arts for all sectors of the population – and this idea is a chief artistic concern of the Minguet
Quartet touring for concerts around the whole world: USA, Japan, South-Korea, South- and Middle
America und long tours throughout Europe with the wide range of its repertoire.

The ensemble concentrates on the Classical Romantivc literature and modern music in equal measure.
New programs with works bei Woplfgang Rihm (complete String Quartets), Peter Ruzicka, Jörg
Widmann, Manfred Trojahn and Konstanzia Gourzi were the highlights next to the performance of
Stockhausen‘s Helicopter String Quartet (concept Kent Nagqano).

Partners of Minguet Quartet include the soprano Juliane Banse, mezzosoprano Tanja Ariane Baumgartner,
baritone Dietrich Henschel, the clarinetists Matthias Schorn and Thorsten Johanns, pianists
Michael Korstick and Matthias Kirschnereit, the violist Gérard Caussé, the cellists Jens Peter Maintz
and Christoph Richter, and the bandoneonist Victor Villena. As an ensemble it played with many
Radio Symphony Orchestras under Jukka-Pekka Sarastre, Markus Stenz and others.

Complete recordings of string quartets by Mendelssohn, Suk, von Reznicek and von Herzogenberg have
shown impressive discoveries. An ECHO Klassik, Diapason d‘Or and a scholarship RELOAD by the Kulturstiftung
des Bundes, Germany are expressing the high reputation of the Minguet Quartet. As an important
cultural mediator the Minguet Quartet was selected in 2022 for the realization of the project EifelKlang
in cooperation with NEUSTART KULTUR – Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien.


Jens Peter Maintz enjoys an outstanding reputation as a versatile soloist, highly sought-after chamber
musician and committed cello teacher. Born in Hamburg, he studied with David Geringas and took
part in masterclasses with cellists such as Heinrich Schiff, Boris Pergamenschikow, Frans Helmerson
and Siegfried Palm. He was further influenced by his intensive chamber music study with Uwe-Martin
Haiberg and Walter Levin. In 1994 he won first prize in the ARD international Music Competition,
which had previously not been awarded to a cellist for 17 years.

He gathered several years of valuable orchestral experience as principal cello of the Deutsche
Symphonie-Orchester in Berlin, and travelled the world as a member of the renowned Trio Fontenay.
Since 2006 Jens Peter Maintz has been principal cello of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, on the
invitation of Claudio Abbado.

As a soloist he made music conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Herbert Blomstedt, Marek
Janowski, Dmitry Kitajenko, Franz Welser-Möst, Reinhard Goebel and Bobby McFerrin and famous
orchestras from Berlin, Leipzig, Stuttgart, Den Haag, Tokyo etc. Jens Peter Maintz has performed
numerous works by contemporary composers from Isang Yun to Georg Friedrich Haas.
Since 2004 he has been professor at Berlin University of the Arts, 2017 he has been appointed
professor at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid.

Jens Peter Maintz is equally in great demand as a chamber musician. He performs with chamber
music partners such as Janine Jansen, Boris Brovtsyn, Torleif Thedéen, Hélène Grimaud, Kolja Blacher,
Isabelle Faust, Antoine Tamestit, and also the Artemis, Carmina and Auryn Quartets.
It is now 25 years since he formed the cello duo ‚Cello Duello‘ with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt.
His recordings of solo pieces by Bach, Dutilleux and Kodaly, and Haydn’s cello concertos with the
Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen has received high acclaims.

Jens Peter Maintz plays the ‚Ex-Servais‘ cello made by Giovanni Grancino in 1697.



Play album
Disc #1
Streichquartett / String Quartet No. 1 a-Moll / in A Minor Op. 60 (1944): I. Allegro moderato
Streichquartett / String Quartet No. 1 a-Moll / in A Minor Op. 60 (1944): II. Langsam
Streichquartett / String Quartet No. 1 a-Moll / in A Minor Op. 60 (1944): III. Scherzo
Streichquartett / String Quartet No. 1 a-Moll / in A Minor Op. 60 (1944): IV. Allegro
Streichquartett / String Quartet No. 2 F-Dur / in F Major Op. 61 (1944) : I. Allegro
Streichquartett / String Quartet No. 2 F-Dur / in F Major Op. 61 (1944) : II. Scherzo
Streichquartett / String Quartet No. 2 F-Dur / in F Major Op. 61 (1944) : III. Adagio
Streichquartett / String Quartet No. 2 F-Dur / in F Major Op. 61 (1944) : IV. Vivace

Disc #2
Streichquartett / String Quartet No. 3 e-Moll / in E Minor (1947) : I. Lento
Streichquartett / String Quartet No. 3 e-Moll / in E Minor (1947) : II. Andante
Streichquartett / String Quartet No. 3 e-Moll / in E Minor (1947) : III. Andante sostenuto
Streichquartett / String Quartet No. 3 e-Moll / in E Minor (1947) : IV. Tarantella. Allegro molto
Streichquintett / String Quintet fis-Moll / in F flat Minor Op. 63 (1945)* : I. Adagio - Allegro
Streichquintett / String Quintet fis-Moll / in F flat Minor Op. 63 (1945)* : II. Andante cantabile
Streichquintett / String Quintet fis-Moll / in F flat Minor Op. 63 (1945)* : III. Menuetto. Allegretto - Trio
Streichquintett / String Quintet fis-Moll / in F flat Minor Op. 63 (1945)* : IV. Allegro molto
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