This CD by the Tetzlaff Quartet allows us to hear and study quartets by Sibelius and Schoenberg, as follows:
- Sibelius: String Quartet in D minor op. 56 “Voces intimae”:
- Schoenberg: String Quartet No. 1 in D minor op. 7
Sibelius lived from 8 December 1865 – 20 September 1957; and Schoenberg lived from 1874–1951
Generally these two composers were contemporaries, but they lived in vastly different places: Jean Sibelius in Finland, and Schoenberg in Vienna and later in the US. It is interesting to listen to their work for the string quartet and to reflect on similarities and on differences.
We hear fine playing by a well-coordiated group, whose first violin member is certainly well known as a soloist. Warm tone, strong balance between instruments, and two very interesting interpretations.
Click below to hear the Arnold Schoenberg Quartet Op. 7:
And here’s the Aeolus Quartet playing the 5h movement of the Sibelius Op. 56, which is also in D-Minor:
Tags: Tetzlaff, Schoenberg, Sibelius