Schubert: Complete String Quartets

Composer Franz Schubert
Artist Diogenes Quartet
Stefan Kirpal violin
Gundula Kirpal violin
Stephen Ristau cello
Julia Barthel viola
Alba González i Becerra viola
Format 7 CD
Cat. number 94468
EAN code 5028421944685
Release April 2016

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Since 2012, the German ensemble Diogenes Quartet have devoted themselves to recording all of Schubert’s music for string quartet. Already released as individual volumes to high acclaim, they are now available to purchase together, setting Schubert’s later masterpieces alongside his earlier works and revealing the genius he was at such a young age. Additionally, the quartet have worked with Christian Starke, an expert in Schubert’s music, who has sensitively completed two of the composer’s fragments, allowing the listener to fully appreciate the astonishing potential these short pieces contain.

While the four late quartets have always been considered shining examples of Schubert’s mastery of the genre, his earlier works for string quartet – written as a young teenager – have at times been overlooked in the past. They were clearly intended for a familiar, domestic setting rather than the concert hall, and the Diogenes Quartet’s sensitive rendition draws the listener in, recreating the intimate setting and drawing out the sense of lyricism already present in Schubert’s lines.

The Quartet were highly praised by Fanfare for their ‘immaculate execution’, complemented by ‘genuine emotional engagement and real feeling for Schubert’s unique modes and moods of musical expression’ in Volume 2, with the reviewer Jerry Dubins stating that once complete, this recording of Schubert’s string quartets would be the one to have. This quality boxset certainly attests to that claim.

This set presents the complete string quartets by Franz Schubert, including the completion of two unfinished movements, by Christian Starke.
Schubert’s string quartets span his whole creative lifetime. The early quartets are firmly rooted in the classical Viennese style, charming, fresh, lyrical and witty, the later quartets (Rosamunde, Death and the Maiden, G major) speak a deep, dramatic and sometimes grim language, full of Weltschmerz, hope and despair.
The German Diogenes Quartet have been delving deep into the world of Schubert over the past few years. Critics (Fanfare and other magazines) have praised “their genuine emotional engagement and real feeling for Schubert’s unique modes and moods of musical expression”, “immaculate execution”.
Excellent and extensive liner notes by musicologist and producer Christian Starke.

Other information:
Recorded in Munich, Germany, 2012 -2015.
Contains extensive liner notes by Christian Starke.
Contains a biography of the artist.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. String Quartet No. 7 in D Major, D. 94: I. Allegro
  2. String Quartet No. 7 in D Major, D. 94: II. Andante con moto
  3. String Quartet No. 7 in D Major, D. 94: III. Menuetto (Allegretto) – Trio
  4. String Quartet No. 7 in D Major, D. 94: IV. Presto
  5. Andante in C Major, D. 3
  6. String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor, D. 804: I. Allegro ma non troppo
  7. String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor, D. 804: II. Andante
  8. String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor, D. 804: III. Minuetto (Allegretto) – Trio
  9. String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor, D. 804: IV. Allegro moderato

Disk 2

  1. Overture in B-Flat Major, D. 470: Adagio maestoso – Allegro
  2. String Quartet No. 8 in B-Flat Major, D. 112: I. Allegro ma non troppo
  3. String Quartet No. 8 in B-Flat Major, D. 112: II. Andante sostenuto
  4. String Quartet No. 8 in B-Flat Major, D. 112: III. Minuetto – Trio
  5. String Quartet No. 8 in B-Flat Major, D. 112: IV. Presto
  6. String Quartet No. 11 in E Major, D. 353: I. Allegro con fuoco
  7. String Quartet No. 11 in E Major, D. 353: II. Andante
  8. String Quartet No. 11 in E Major, D. 353: III. Minuetto – Trio
  9. String Quartet No. 11 in E Major, D. 353: IV. Rondo. Allegro vivace

Disk 3

  1. String Quartet No. 1 in G Minor/B-Flat Major, D. 18: I. Andante – Presto vivace
  2. String Quartet No. 1 in G Minor/B-Flat Major, D. 18: II. Menuetto – Trio
  3. String Quartet No. 1 in G Minor/B-Flat Major, D. 18: III. Andante
  4. String Quartet No. 1 in G Minor/B-Flat Major, D. 18: IV. Presto
  5. 5 Menuets and 5 German Dances, D. 89: Menuet I – Trio 1 – Trio 2
  6. 5 Menuets and 5 German Dances, D. 89: Menuet II
  7. 5 Menuets and 5 German Dances, D. 89: Menuet III (early version) – Trio 1 – Trio 2
  8. 5 Menuets and 5 German Dances, D. 89: Menuet IV
  9. 5 Menuets and 5 German Dances, D. 89: Menuet V – Trio 1 – Trio 2
  10. 5 Menuets and 5 German Dances, D. 89: German Dance I – Trio 1 – Trio 2
  11. 5 Menuets and 5 German Dances, D. 89: German Dance II – Trio 1 – Trio 2
  12. 5 Menuets and 5 German Dances, D. 89: German Dance III – Trio
  13. 5 Menuets and 5 German Dances, D. 89: German Dance IV
  14. 5 Menuets and 5 German Dances, D. 89: German Dance V – Trio 1 (early version) – Trio 2 – Coda
  15. String Quartet No. 5 in B-Flat Major, D. 68: I. Allegro maestoso
  16. String Quartet No. 5 in B-Flat Major, D. 68: II. Allegro
  17. 5 Menuets and 5 German Dances, D. 89: Menuet III (later version) – Trio 1 – Trio 2
  18. 5 Menuets and 5 German Dances, D. 89: German Dance V – Trio 1 (later version) – Trio 2

Disk 4

  1. String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, D. 810: I. Allegro
  2. String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, D. 810: II. Andante con moto
  3. String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, D. 810: III. Scherzo. Allegro molto – Trio
  4. String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, D. 810: IV. Presto – Prestissimo
  5. String Quartet No. 6 in D Major, D. 74: I. Allegro ma non troppo
  6. String Quartet No. 6 in D Major, D. 74: II. Andante
  7. String Quartet No. 6 in D Major, D. 74: III. Minuetto. Allegretto
  8. String Quartet No. 6 in D Major, D. 74: IV. Allegro
  9. Minuet in D Major, D. 86

Disk 5

  1. String Quartet No. 4 in C Major, D. 46: I. Adagio – Allegro con moto
  2. String Quartet No. 4 in C Major, D. 46: II. Andante con moto
  3. String Quartet No. 4 in C Major, D. 46: III. Menuetto – Trio
  4. String Quartet No. 4 in C Major, D. 46: IV. Finale. Allegro
  5. Overture in C Minor, D. 8a: I. Largo – Allegro
  6. String Quartet No. 10 in E-Flat Major, D. 87: I. Allegro moderato
  7. String Quartet No. 10 in E-Flat Major, D. 87: II. Scherzo – Trio
  8. String Quartet No. 10 in E-Flat Major, D. 87: III. Adagio
  9. String Quartet No. 10 in E-Flat Major, D. 87: IV. Allegro
  10. String Quartet No. 12 in C Minor, D. 703: I. Allegro assai
  11. String Quartet No. 12 in C Minor, D. 703: II. Andante (fragment)

Disk 6

  1. String Quartet No. 2 in C Major, D. 32: I. Presto
  2. String Quartet No. 2 in C Major, D. 32: II. Andante
  3. String Quartet No. 2 in C Major, D. 32: III. Menuetto. Allegro – Trio
  4. String Quartet No. 2 in C Major, D. 32: IV. Allegro con spirit
  5. String Quartet No. 3 in B-Flat Major, D. 36: I. Allegro
  6. String Quartet No. 3 in B-Flat Major, D. 36: II. Andante
  7. String Quartet No. 3 in B-Flat Major, D. 36: III. Menuetto. Allegro – Trio
  8. String Quartet No. 3 in B-Flat Major, D. 36: IV. Allegretto
  9. String Quartet No. 9 in G Minor, D. 173: I. Allegro con brio
  10. String Quartet No. 9 in G Minor, D. 173: II. Andantino
  11. String Quartet No. 9 in G Minor, D. 173: III. Minuetto. Allegro vivace – Trio
  12. String Quartet No. 9 in G Minor, D. 173: IV. Allegro

Disk 7

  1. String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D. 887: I. Allegro molto moderato
  2. String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D. 887: II. Andante un poco moto
  3. String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D. 887: III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace – Trio. Allegretto
  4. String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D. 887: IV. Allegro assai
  5. String Quartet in C Minor, D. 103: Grave – Allegro