Quatuor Ebene

Schubert: Quintet and Lieder

8 Apr 2016

Barcode: 0825646487615

In a characteristically imaginative move, the Quatuor Ebène complements Schubert’s sublime Quintet for two violins, viola and two cellos (Gautier Capuçon joins the ensemble) with a group of his songs – sensitively arranged by the quartet’s cellist, Raphaël Merlin, and sung by German baritone Matthias Goerne, one of the world’s great interpreters of lieder.

In 2014 Erato released Schubert’s glorious ‘Trout’ Quintet, recorded live at Paris’s Salle Pleyel by members of Quatuor Ebène with nonagerian pianist Menahem Pressler. The French quartet – with a new viola-player, 24-year-old Adrien Boisseau and a distinguished guest cellist, Gautier Capuçon – now turns to another Schubert quintet, his final chamber work and one of his sublime masterpieces: the Quintet for two violins, viola and two cellos in C major D956, often known simply as the Schubert Quintet. Its slow movement in particular, in which time seems to stands still, is a favourite with music-lovers.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Sunday Times. "A striking new reading...convinces in the 'symphonic' breadth of the huge opening movement, the dreamlike raptness of the adagio and the fierceness of the scherzo. The concluding pages have rarely sounded more dramatic..."

**** Financial Times: "Their performance is more about probing the emotions swirling below. There is angst here, an almost fraught urgency to much of the playing, suggestive of the inner feelings of the composer in the last months of his life...An unusual coupling brings baritone Matthias Goerne in a selection of Schubert songs arranged for the halo of a string accompaniment."

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 Schubert: String Quintet in C Major, D. 956: I. Allegro ma non troppo  - Quatuor Ébène 
02 Schubert: String Quintet in C Major, D. 956: II. Adagio  - Quatuor Ébène 
03 Schubert: String Quintet in C Major, D. 956: III. Scherzo & Trio  - Quatuor Ébène 
04 Schubert: String Quintet in C Major, D. 956: IV. Allegretto  - Quatuor Ébène 
05 Schubert / Arr Merlin: Die Götter Griechenlands, D. 677  - Quatuor Ébène 
06 Schubert / Arr Merlin: Der Tod und das Mädchen, D. 531  - Quatuor Ébène 
07 Schubert / Arr Merlin: Der Jüngling und der Tod, D. 545  - Quatuor Ébène 
08 Schubert / Arr Merlin: Atys, D. 585  - Quatuor Ébène 
09 Schubert / Arr Merlin: Der liebliche Stern, D. 861  - Quatuor Ébène 

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