Label Catalog

CD12716Belenus b200
 

ACO-CD 12716

Belenus Quartet

String Quartets

Schubert & Schnyder

 

Franz Schubert

String Quartet in E Major D 353 – op. post. 125,2 (1816)

1 I. Allegro con fuoco   8:02

2 II. Andante   6:22

3 III. Minuetto. Allegro vivace   3:07

4 IV. Rondo. Allegro vivace   5:12

 

Daniel Schnyder

String Quartet  Nr. 4 – GREAT PLACES (2006/7)

5 Shanghai 1928 / 6 Adventure I   4:18

7 Havana 1952 / Adventure II  2:28

8 Paris 1901   2:40

9 Casablanca 1933   1:10

10 New York 1964   1:56

 

Franz Schubert

String Quartet in B-flat Major D 112 – op. post. 168 (1814)

11 Allegro ma non troppo   13:25

12 Andante sostenuto   7:33

13 Minuetto. Allegro   4:57

14 Presto    5:12

 

Belenus Quartett

Seraina Pfenninger  violin I

Anne Battegay violin II

Esther Fritzsche viola

Jonas Vischi cello

 

Rarities and novelties

After their success at the competition "Franz Schubert and Modern Music" in February 2015, the quartet felt it was motivated on this occasion to make another recording after its debut CD in 2012, with a great common objective for the programme: to make the subjects of the competition the main emphases - Schubert and modern music. Daniel Schnyder's modern, extremely varied and effective work Great Places has been an important component and friend at concerts for some time. With his compositional diversity in sound and his characteristic urban images, Schnyder leads us through jazzy, oriental and French sounds.

 

On the other side, Schubert's music has an appeal like no other and thus the quartet immersed itself in the richness of two early Schubert string quartets. Of his eleven early string quartets, several have rarely been played and recorded: Above all, the quartet in E Major D353 was a new discovery for them. Although it was composed two years later than the other, it seems in all its freshness more youthful and maybe one could even say somewhat more immature than his string quartet in B-flat major D112. This quartet, although it was written earlier, already alludes to Schubert's later crypticism and inner turmoil. It is impressive how two pieces composed so close in time are so full of contrasts. The richness of his work will hopefully arouses your astonishment at his lesser performed quartets.


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