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Incredible Quintet

Le Devoir

This double-album brings together works 956 and 957 from the Deutsch catalog for the first time on disc.

It’s Schubert at the end of the end of the road, Schubert sounding almost anaemic or as if on life support. That’s how it is with In der Ferne by Julian Prégardien and Martin Helmchen in Schwanengesang, or with the barely palpable sonorities in the 2nd movement of the Quintet. This rendition is like a family affair. Christian Tetzlaff, Florian Donderer, Rachel Roberts, Tanja Tetzlaff and Marie-Elisabeth Hecker are the performers of this incredible haggard Quintet, inhabited by a dull panic. A brother and a sister, while Hecker, the second cellist, is the wife of the pianist who accompanies the tenor on the first disc.

Death is here everywhere, through the death of sounds. What a science it is of their extinction on the part of the singer, the pianist, the bows. As with other “pandemic” releases, this goes much deeper than just a disc, and becomes a sort of ceremony, almost mystical.

Roughly translated from French.

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Fabulously played by the solo violist Rachel Roberts

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The core repertoire for viola and piano is not extensive. Part of it are these three works, which violist Rachel Roberts and pianist Lars Vogt put together in a complex programme. Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata seems to flow lightly, but is actually most profound music. Who else than the then only 27-year old composer could have so elegantly and skillfully translated life’s tragedies into music? Britten’s series of variations Lachrymae is a labyrinth of interwoven feelings with a sombre touch, posing the listener many a riddle. One senses the existential nature of Shostakovich’s last composition, too, the viola sonata op. 147, which was written by the dying composer in his last two months.

Rachel Roberts plays these masterworks with a light, breathing sound, which is never forced or pushed excessively. A simplicity prevails, never showing off or trying too much. Rather than mere size and volume, Roberts focuses on the variability of colours and subtle dynamic nuances.

It’s very convincing how Lars Vogt’s versatility helps shape this line. If the score demands it, he is able to grow to a real lion on the piano, and in the next moment retreat into the world of the quietest sounds. He has proven it many times as a chamber musician, especially at his own festival “Spannungen” in Heimbach, of which there are many live-recordings on the CAvi-label.

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The authenticity of the febrile and rich sound they created, together with their intensity of emotion, made this most memorable

The Guardian, Rian Evans

“Beethoven: Music in Revolution was the ambitious title given to this five-day festival, curated and performed by the Gould Piano Trio and friends. It offered an absorbing historical perspective on a composer who subverted rules, pushed boundaries and used shock tactics, as well as capturing his rigour and passion.”

“Violinist Gould and Frith combined fire and expressive power in Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata, and its pairing with Janáček’s Kreutzer Sonata string quartet, based on Tolstoy’s short story of the same name, was inspired. David Adams, Gould, Rachel Roberts and Alice Neary may not formally be a quartet, but the authenticity of the febrile and rich sound they created, together with their intensity of emotion, made this most memorable.”

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