Schubert: String Quintet; Lieder

Schubert: String Quintet; Lieder

by Quatuor EbèneQuatuor Ebène


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Recording Franz Schubert's "String Quintet in C major, D. 956," is a major achievement for most string players, and Quatuor Ebène's performance with cellist Gautier Capuçon on Erato is a high point in their discography. Playing with great transparency and alertness, the quintet delivers a vital performance that captures the rarefied, almost mystical quality of Schubert's late masterpiece while maintaining a sense of urgency and, at times, explosive energy. This is to be expected of a world-class string quartet, and it's probably more than enough effort for a single CD. Yet the program continues with a set of five of Schubert's lieder, sung by baritone Matthias Goerne and accompanied by Quatuor Ebène and double bassist Laurène Durantel, in arrangements by Raphaël Merlin. These versions for voice and strings were conceived in the spirit of the Schubertiades, on the idea that string players likely were in attendance and eager to join Schubert in impromptu music-making. While these transcriptions are speculative, they are certainly enjoyable for their beautiful tone and subdued feeling, and Goerne sings with warmth and expressiveness to match the subtle moods of the arrangements.

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Release Date: 04/29/2016
Label: Erato
UPC: 0825646487615
catalogNumber: 554925
Rank: 45329


  1. Der liebliche Stern ("Ihr Sternlein, still in der Hohe"), song for voice & piano in G major, D 861
  2. Atys ("Der Knabe seufzt"), song for voice & piano, D. 585
  3. Der Jüngling und der Tod ("Die Sonne sinkt"), song for voice & piano (two versions), D. 545
  4. Der Tod und das Mädchen ("Vorüber, ach vorüber"), song for voice & piano, D. 531 (Op. 7/3)
  5. Die Götter Griechenlands ("Schöne Welt, wo bist du"), song for voice & piano (two versions), D. 677
  6. Quintet for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos in C major, D. 956 (Op. posth. 163)

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