Composer: Franz Peter Schubert
Performer: Aviv Quartet
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Size: 1.5 GB
String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D887
01. I. Allegro molto moderato
02. II. Andante un poco moto
03. III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace – Trio. Allegretto
04. IV. Allegro assai
String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D810 ‘Death and the Maiden’
05. I. Allegro
06. II. Andante con moto
07. III. Scherzo. Allegro molto – Trio
08. IV. Presto
Schubert’s last two quartets, composed during the final years of his life, reveal the impressive mastery he achieved, despite the knowledge that he was dying.
The four movements of the ‘Death and the Maiden’ quartet, all in minor keys, and the tumultuous, quasi-orchestral fifteenth Quartet, an important stage on “the way to the grand symphony,” bear witness to the composer’s struggle against illness and death.
The Quatuor Aviv brilliantly illuminates the elegiac and tragic melodies in which Schubert wrapped his torments.