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SCHOENBERG, A.: String Quartets Nos. 3 and 4 / Phantasy (Fred Sherry String Quartet, Schulte, Oldfather) (Schoenberg, Vol. 12)

Composer(s):Schoenberg, Arnold
Artist(s) Fred Sherry String Quartet, Ensemble • Oldfather, Christopher, piano • Schulte, Rolf, violin
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.557533
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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While Schoenberg’s final two string quartets inhabit atonal sound worlds, the Third draws on Classical forms such as theme-and-variations, minuet and sonata-rondo, its unsettling opening movement recalling a fairytale picture, ‘The Ghostship’, its Adagio a movement of spiritual depth and beauty. Schoenberg was particularly pleased with his Fourth String Quartet, which follows a creative logic of continual development and variation derived from the music of Bach and Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Wagner. The Phantasy is a virtuosic peroration for violin with commentary from the piano, a prime example of Schoenberg’s avowed aim to write ‘really new music which, as it rests on tradition, is destined to become a tradition’.

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Review By Santiago Martín Bermúdez,Scherzo,May 2011


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Review By Massimo Viazzo,Musica,April 2011

È uno Schönberg eruttivo (il caleidoscopico Moderato iniziale del Quartetto op. 30 è più che un esempio), ritmicamente tenace, frose non variegatissimo dal punto di vista timbrico, ma certamente teso, risoluto e decisamente coinvolgente quello proposto dal Fred Sherry Quartet, complesso americano che prende il nome dal violoncellista mentore dell’ensemble. La dodecafonia latent degli ultimo due quartette schönberghiani, composti a distanza di una decina d’anni l’uno dall’altro (il Quartetto m. 3 op. 30 redatto nel 1927 a cavallo delle capitali Variationen op. 31 e il Quartetto n.4. op. 37 licenziato oltreoceano nel 1936), si discioglie in volute melodiche che non disdegnano incursion

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Review By Arnold Whittal,Gramophone,December 2010

The uncompromising but life-affirming music of the pioneer of serial music

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Review By Liam Cagney,MusicalCriticism.com,November 2010

Schoenberg published four string quartets in his lifetime. Of these the most famous is the second, whose third movement, injecting the voice of a soprano into the quartet’s intimacy of discourse, ushered in the atonal era in European composition. Under the supervision of Robert Craft, Naxos has now brought the third and fourth quartets together on one disc as part of their complete Schoenberg edition. They are performed on this disc masterfully and with exquisite urgency by the Fred Sherry String Quartet.

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Review By Liam Cagney,MusicalCriticism.com,November 2010

Schoenberg published four string quartets in his lifetime. Of these the most famous is the second, whose third movement, injecting the voice of a soprano into the quartet’s intimacy of discourse, ushered in the atonal era in European composition. Under the supervision of Robert Craft, Naxos has now brought the third and fourth quartets together on one disc as part of their complete Schoenberg edition. They are performed on this disc masterfully and with exquisite urgency by the Fred Sherry String Quartet.

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