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Haydn, Schubert - Vivere

Ragazze Quartet

Haydn, Schubert, Widmann

SKU: 34613

Year of release: 2013

Quartet In D Minor, Opus 76, No. 2, Hoboken III_ 76 'Fifths' Quartet _'Quintenquartett' 19:38
1. Allegro Haydn 07:07
2. Andante O Haydn 05:13
3. Menuetto_ Haydn 03:03
4. Finale_ Vi Haydn 04:13
Quartet In D Minor, D.810, 'Death And Maiden'_'Der Tod Und Das Madchen' 38:20
5. Allegro Schubert 11:40
6. Andante Schubert 13:10
7. Scherzo_ Allegro Molto Schubert 04:10
8. Presto Schubert 09:19
9. Huntig Quartet_Jagdquartett (3rd String Quartet; 2003) Widmann 10:58

About this album

 This is ‘Vivere’. Not exactly a cheerful disc – all three compositions refer in various ways todeath. This is reflected in the key (D minor is the key of death), in the opposite number of theMaiden, and finally even literally, in the fact that cellist Geneviève ‘dies’ before the end of thealbum. For us, however, to record this dramatic repertoire is to offer an ode to life. ‘Vivere’– for by listening to this sombre music one realises how wonderful life can be. Performed bythe Ragazze Quartet, four young women in the midst of life. 

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Het Parool

De Volkskrant

Trouw

Vier meiden en een boel muzikale energie! (...) Opvallend: de gelijkwaardigheid van de strijkers.... kleur en dynamiek worden democratisch uitgewerkt, met goed aanwezige middenstemmen.

Opus Klassiek

(...) Gerenommeerde ensembles hebben deze bladzijden talloze malen vereeuwigd, dus wat willen die meiden nou eigenlijk? Ze willen hun gelijk. En dat krijgen ze. Niet door vlekkeloos gladgestreken spel, maar door muziekhonger. (...) U begrijpt het, dit is een ontroerende, provocerende, uitstekend gespeelde, voortreffelijk opgenomen cd. Laat die Ragazze maar lopen.

Audiophile Audition

The Ragazze Quartet plays with energy and conviction. (...)Both the Haydn and Schubert are very well-played. The Widmann is an interesting curiosity, and some will find it the best tracks on the disc (...)

AllThingsStrings

Ragazze completely transform Haydn’s Op.76, No.2, and Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden”.They play the rests, they play the expressive markings with unusual fidelity, and they find new breath in themes that are too often rushed or merely stormed through. In Widmann, they are ferocious.

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Ragazze Quartet

Technical Specifications

Recording Type Bit RateDSD64
SpeakersAudiolab, Holland
Recording SoftwarePyramix bij Merging
Recording LocationDoopgezinde Kerk, Deventer Holland 2012
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProducerJared Sacks
Mixing BoardRens Heijnis custom design
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mastering EquipmentB&W 803 diamond series
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Digital ConvertersGrimm A/D DSD / Meitner DA
Cablesvan den Hul T3 series