Schubert: Complete String Quartets vol. 5 - Diogenes Quartet (2 CDs)
This new instalment of Schuberts Complete String Quartets by the German Diogenes Quartet contains his early quartets, from the youthful Overture D8a to the C minor Quartettsatz. Comparing the early works with Schuberts late and mature quartets may find the earlier compositions lacking in profundity, but judged by themselves they are delightful works, in the spirit of Haydn, tinged here and there with Schuberts melancholy and deep romantic feelings of love and death. The Schubert cycle by the German Quartet Diogenes Quartet is highly regarded, critics praise their superb unity of ensemble and style, their impeccable intonation and their fiery and passionate music making. Excellent liner notes written by a scholar, in both English and German.
Schubert: Overture D 8a in C minor for string quartet
Schubert: String Quartet No. 2 in C major, D32
Schubert: String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major, D36
Schubert: String Quartet No. 4 in C major, D46
Schubert: String Quartet No. 9 in G minor, D173
Schubert: String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major, D87
Schubert: String Quartet No. 12 in C minor (fragment), D703 ‘Quartettsatz'