Schubert – Rosamunde Quartet, Maja Ratkje, Tale of Lead and Light – Britten – Quartet No.2 – Haydn – Op.76,No.3

Schubert – Rosamunde Quartet, Maja Ratkje, Tale of Lead and Light – Britten – Quartet No.2 – Haydn – Op.76,No.3

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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.

 

To view video from the recording sessions with Engegård Quartet performing Josef Haydn´s String Quartet in C Op.76.No.3: click here