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The theme of the song forms the basis of the second movement of the quartet. The theme is a death knell that accompanies the song about the terror and comfort of death. The Maiden : "Oh! Prithee, leave me! For life is sweet, is pleasant. Take courage now, and very soon Within mine arms shalt softly rest thee! But it is not only this theme of the quartet that recalls death.
The quote from the song "makes explicit the overriding theme of the work, its bleak vision and almost unremitting foreboding", writes Andrew Clements. So strong is the association of death with the quartet that some analysts consider it to be programmatic , rather than absolute music.
Each movement is about a different episode in the mythic process of death and resurrection. The quartet throughout is characterized by sudden dramatic shifts from fortissimo to pianissimo , from the lyrical to the compelling and dramatic.
A driving undercurrent of triplets is a recurring motif in all four movements. Cobbett describes the third movement as the "dance of the demon fiddler". The scherzo is designed as a classical minuet: two strains in 3 4 time, repeated, in D minor, followed by a contrasting trio section in D major, at a slower tempo, and ending with a recapitulation of the opening strains.
The trio section is the only real respite from the compelling pace of the whole quartet: a typically Schubertesque melody, with the first violin playing a dancing descant above the melody line in the lower voices, then the viola takes the melody as the first violin plays high eighth notes.
The finale of the quartet is a tarantella in rondo -sonata form, in D minor. Appropriately, Cobbett calls this movement "a dance of death ". The movement is built of sections. The first, main section recurs between each of the subsequent sections. The third section of the rondo begins. This is a complex, involuted section with chromatic swirls of triplets and hemiolas that cause the listener to lose all sense of downbeat.
This leads into a recapitulation of the second section, and then a return of the main section of the rondo. After the initial reading of the quartet in , the quartet was played again at a house concert in the home of composer Franz Lachner , with violinist Ignaz Schuppanzigh leading.
Schuppanzigh, one of the leading violinists of the time, who debuted many of Beethoven's and Schubert's quartets, was reportedly unimpressed.
Schuppanzigh's impressions notwithstanding, Schubert's quartet soon won a leading place on the concert stage and in the hearts of musicians. The quartet has been honored by several transcriptions. On disc this resonance also comes across, I think - time and again the phrasing makes you think it is definitive, even though this doesn't mean anything really.
The Takacs give more colour than may appear to lie at the heart of this profoundly tragic work, but the tragedy comes across anyway, in more paradoxical form, because the joy of music-making is there too.
It is profound without sounding desolate. The A minor work has the same virtues in their hands - it is as if they are daring to give a new take on music that has often been presented portentously, but here the interplay and judging of tempi is magical.
The cover art very much goes in the same direction - startling, but actually vivid and giving something new. The recorded sound is ideal, never harsh, always pleasing on the ear. The Takacs Quartet and Hyperion are to be congratulated on this superb performance. The music is finely articulated and coloured. I found it the most moving of the various versions that I have in my library and, rather unusually in my experience, it entirely lives up to the hypes given on the cover.
When I ordered it I thought that 'Death and the Maiden' was the entire content. But no. That work is coupled with an achingly beautiful performance of the 'Rosamunde' Quartet in A-minor. That makes it a fine value value for money recording as well as one to cherish for its sheer musicality.
First, the Takacs were in nothing like the brilliant mode that they had been when they recorded the middle-period Beethoven quartets, in which they positively glowed in the perfection of their unmatchable brilliant playing. They were not quite as good with the late quartets, but still pretty damned good.
Second, and I am very sorry to have to say this, but Mr Schubert came off second best to his mentor, Ludvig van B. From about , Beethoven's genius went into an almost infallible mode, in which everything he touched brought out a brilliance unmatched except by Richard Wagner from the third act of Siegfried, after he had broken off work on his Ring to compose Tristan and Meistersinger.
Schubert was facing a miserable future, that of dying of tertiary syphilis and it was inevitable that this would dampen his incredible natural gifts, and dampen them it did.
I shall be very interested to discover if any other quartet can make more of these works; I admit that I doubt that any will do so. I own more than 1 dozen versions of this, which is my favourite quartet, recording and performance I feel is not comparable to the best available, including Lindsays, Belcea, Jerusalem. See all reviews. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? Pages with related products. Une Heure, Une Vie: Dvorak.
In stock Usually despatched within 1 working day. Dvorak: String Quartet No. The American Quartet is not just sunny but winningly lyrical with marvellous intensity in the Lento. This performance of the Quintet is certainly among the finest available. See details for additional description. Skip to main content. About this product. Stock photo. Brand new: lowest price The lowest-priced brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item in its original packaging where packaging is applicable.Browse and buy all classical recordings featuring Talich Quartet (string quartet). Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor 'Death and the Maiden' Talich Quartet and Jan Talich Sr., Talich Quartet. Release Date: 2nd Mar ;.