String Quartets vol. IV - Schubert, Ratkje, Britten, Haydn (2014)

Haydn, Britten, Ratkje, Schubert

Engegard Quartet

Perhaps the greatest single characteristic of Franz Schubert's Rosamunde Quartet (1823) is the elusive, longing and perhaps even tragically unconsummated atmosphere that pervades the entire work. Only in the Andante are we really allowed to relax in its peaceful serenity.

The ambiguity in the title of Maja Ratkje's Tale of Lead and Light (2011) reflects the dread which pervaded Oslo in the summer of 2011, and the life-affirming light of Beethoven's opus 59/1 which inspired Maja's work.

It is a tribute to Benjamin Britten's inherent "joie de vivre" that optimism and love triumph in his Second String Quartet (1945), composed just after the 2nd World War. The quartet reaches its emotional climax in the magnificent Chacony, a passacaglia with no less than 21 variations, inspired by Henry Purcell. Britten's 2nd string quartet received its premiere on the 21st November 1945, 250 years to the day after Henry Purcell's death.

Recording Joseph Haydn's Op. 76 No. 5 on our debut CD in 2008 inspired us to include the complete opus, arguably Haydn's greatest string quartet collection, in our repertoire as soon as possible. The heart of the Emperor Quartet, Opus 76/3 is also the most well known movement, Poco adagio. Haydn composed the psalm that he subsequently used as the theme of this movement after a prolonged stay in England. Something of a celebrity, Haydn mingled with the royals, and his admiration for the British national anthem inspired him to compose a tribute to Emperor Francis II. It was later used first as the Austrian and then as the German national anthem. Haydn used a musical cryptogram of the first line of the Anthem, "Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser" to create the opening theme of the first movement, using the first letters of each word in the German text. g e f d k/c, are the exact musical notes of the main theme in the Allegro. The simplest ideas are often the best!

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Engegard Quartet

Formed under the midnight sun in Lofoten in 2006, with Arvid Engegård and Alex Robson on violin, Juliet Jopling on viola, and Jan Clemens Carlsen on cello, the Engegård Quartet is one of Norway's leading chamber ensembles. Their bold, fresh interpretations of the classical repertoire combined with a deep attachment to their Scandinavian roots has attracted international acclaim, and inspired some innovative partnerships and programming. The quartet’s debut album was praised as ‘breath-taking’ in The Strad, while their second release won Pizzicato magazine’s ‘Supersonic Award’. More recently, a album of works by Grieg, Sibelius and Olav Anton Thommessen was praised by Tully Potter in Music Web International as ‘what Grieg lovers have been waiting for’. The Engegård Quartet has a busy concert schedule throughout Scandinavia and further afield. They have performed in some of Europe’s finest venues including the Mozarteum in Salzburg and Prague’s Rudolfinum, and last year traveled to South America for concerts in Bogotá and Sao Paolo. Festival performances include the Delft Chamber Music Festival, SoNoRo Festival in Bucharest, and Heidelberg’s Streichquartettfest. Members of the quartet are also deeply involved in bringing superb chamber music to Norway – Arvid Engegård as founder of the Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival, and Juliet Jopling as artistic director of the Oslo Quartet Series. The Engegård Quartet has had the honor to work with (among others) András Schiff, Leif Ove Andsnes, Christian Ihle Hadland, and Emma Johnson. They also love to collaborate with colleagues from different musical traditions, including a folk/classical fusion with hardanger fiddler Nils Økland, and a program of Ibsen and late Beethoven with actor Bjørn Sundquist. Future plans include a new work written by and performed with jazz violinist Ola Kvernberg and an annual ‘mini-festival’ focusing on one composer each year, starting with Schumann. ‘Schumann 1-2-3’ is scheduled and promises to be a feast of chamber music, song, piano works, poetry, discussions and lectures. The Engegård Quartet is supported by the Norwegian Arts Council. foto: Espen Mortensen
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String Quartets vol. IV - Schubert, Ratkje, Britten, Haydn (2014)

Haydn, Britten, Ratkje, Schubert

Engegard Quartet

Digital Converters: Horus, Merging Technologies
Microphones: DPA Microphones
Producer: Morten Lindberg
Recording Engineer: Morten Lindberg, Beatrice Johannessen
Recording location: Jar Church, Norway
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Schubert String Quartet No. 13 in A minor D. 804, Op. 29, Rosamunde - I. Allegro ma non troppo
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Schubert String Quartet No. 13 in A minor D. 804, Op. 29, Rosamunde - II. Andante
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Schubert String Quartet No. 13 in A minor D. 804, Op. 29, Rosamunde - III. Minuetto
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Schubert String Quartet No. 13 in A minor D. 804, Op. 29, Rosamunde - IV. Allegro moderato
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Ratkje - Tale of Lead and Light, String Quartet No. 1
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Britten String Quartet No. 2 in C major, Op. 36 - I. Allegro calmo senza rigore
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Britten String Quartet No. 2 in C major, Op. 36 - II. Vivace
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Britten String Quartet No. 2 in C major, Op. 36 - III. Chacony
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Haydn String Quartet in C major, Op. 76, No. 3, Emperor - I. Allegro
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Haydn String Quartet in C major, Op. 76, No. 3, Emperor - III. Menuet - Allegro
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Haydn String Quartet in C major, Op. 76, No. 3, Emperor - IV. Finale - Presto
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