Schubert and Schoenberg.


Janine Jansen plays Schoenberg and Schubert.

Dutch violinist Janine Jansen presents a new album coupling two of the most heart-felt masterpieces of the Viennese romantic repertoire.

Franz Schubert’s last and greatest chamber work, the sublime String Quintet in C major, is contrasted with the young Schoenberg’s earliest masterpiece, “Verklärte Nacht” (Transfigured Night).

Verklärte Nacht was written at the end of the nineteenth century, and was Arnold Schoenberg‘s first important work. From the beginning it caused controversy, because it was rejected by the Vienna Music Society for containing a ‘non-existent’ chord. (Amazing).

We get to hear the following:


  • Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4
  • For String Sextet; performed by:
  • Janine Jansen (violin), Boris Brovtsyn (violin), Maxim Rysanov (viola), Amihai Grosz (viola), Torleif Thedéen (cello), Jens Peter Maintz (cello)


  • String Quintet in C major, D956; performed by:
  • Janine Jansen (violin), Boris Brovtsyn (violin), Maxim Rysanov (viola), Torleif Thedéen (cello), Jens Peter Maintz (cello)

For this recording, Janine Jansen is joined by a group of exceptional musicians who are all close personal friends, as well as fellow members of Spectrum Concerts Berlin, the prestigious German chamber music group with whom Jansen has played since 1998.

The Guardian wrote on the 25th of April 2013:

“There’s no trace here of starry individualism, but instead a real feeling of collegiate responsibility in the way that all the players constantly listen to each other and shade their own contributions accordingly.”

Schubert’s great String Quintet in C-Major was completed only two months before the composer’s death in 1828, but the work had to wait until 1853 to find a publisher. Though today it’s recognized as one of the great chamber ensemble works, this didn’t seem to be the case at Schubert’s death, when he was regarded more highly for his songs.

Here is a lovely performance of Franz Schubert’s piano Trio with violinist Janine Jansen and friends:



And next, here is Arnold Schönberg’s “Verklärte Nacht”:



Tags: Janine Jansen, Schubert, String quintet, Arnold Schönberg, Verklärte Nacht