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Schubert: Courage (Lebensmuth)

Signum Quartett

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Courageous Embrace of Life

Lebensmuth (Courage) is the final episode of Signum Quartett’s acclaimed Franz Schubert trilogy, in which early and late string quartets are combined with song arrangements created by the group’s violist Xandi van Dijk.

Schubert’s First String Quartet in G Minor, written when he was 13, already reveals his inclination to bold and unexpected moves. His last String Quartet in G major, D. 887 veers between a profound examination of personal trauma and a blazing triumph over adversity, and it is this resilience of spirit which is further highlighted by songs such as ‘An die Musik’ and ‘Lebensmuth’, pieces that courageously embrace life and all the beauty it offers.

This album was recorded at the Sendesaal Broadcast Hall in Bremer, Germany on December 5-9, 2022.


Signum Quartett
Florian Donderer – Violin
Annette Walther – Violin
Xandi van Dijk – Viola
Thomas Schmitz – Cello

Tracklist

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1.
An die Nachtigall, D 497
01:21
2.
String Quartet in G Minor, D 18 - I. Andante - Presto vivace
05:27
3.
String Quartet in G Minor, D 18 - II. Menuetto - Trio
02:58
4.
String Quartet in G Minor, D 18 - III. Andante
02:54
5.
String Quartet in G Minor, D 18 - IV. Presto
03:42
6.
An den Mond, D 259
01:05
7.
Das Weinen, D 926
01:32
8.
Im Fruhling, D 882
04:27
9.
Lebensmuth (Fragment), D 937
00:57
10.
String Quartet N. 15 in G Major, D 887 - I. Allegro molto moderato
20:12
11.
String Quartet N. 15 in G Major, D 887 - II. Andante un poco moto
11:00
12.
String Quartet N. 15 in G Major, D 887 - III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace - Trio. Allegretto
07:17
13.
String Quartet N. 15 in G Major, D 887 - IV. Allegro assai
12:06
14.
An die Musik D 547
02:45

Total time: 01:17:43

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Sebastian Stein

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This album was recorded at the Sendesaal Broadcast Hall in Bremer, Germany on December 5-9, 2022

Release DateMay 19, 2023

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The four members of the Signum Quartett: Florian Donderer (Violin), Annette Walther (Violin), Xandi van Dijk (Viola and arranger), and Thomas Schmitz (Cello) use Schubert’s music to tell the complex story of a, during his short lifetime, under-valued composer.

The title ‘Courage’ is indeed the right choice: Schubert never got anything nor anywhere, if it weren’t for courageously following his many ideas against all odds. The final instalment of the ‘Trilogy’ captures, like before, the gist of the vicissitudes of Schubert’s life marvelously well in a wonderful and well-selected mix, beginning with his first and ending with the final, 15thString Quartet, interspersed with fine arrangements of some of his many Songs.

It is said that the violin comes closest to the human voice. Florian Donderer proves it. With the title fragment ‘Lebensmuth’ in the middle, the song selection is the icing on the cake of a program that should appeal to all fans of ‘Schwammerl’, the Little Mushroom.

Roman Hinke’s liner notes give more and more detailed information, well worth reading.

We must accept that the Sendesaal in Bremen does not have the equipment to record in the highest possible resolution, as the Signum Quartett deserves.  Native DSD’s technical wizardry provides an upgrade of choice.

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