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New album "Fragment"

14Aug

With their new album 'Fragment', the Schumann Quartet takes a look at Schubert and 2 ½ of his string quartets: a work of the early years, Rosamunde as a late work and in between the C minor quartet with the Andante fragment.

Why 2 ½ string quartets? – The Quartettsatz D 703, usually played on its own, is followed by a second-movement Andante, a placid narrative. After forty bars, unfortunately, the music dries up, leaving the listener stranded. What are we to make of that? Why did Schubert stop work on a quartet that he had begun in 1820? We don’t know; obviously something else came up. Not for nothing are these years of Schubert’s life, plagued as they are by blind alleys and new directions, regularly described in the literature as his 'crisis years'. The composer, no longer a youth and very much a mature composer, is only human, not an infallible genius. Some of the ideas he had at the time never advanced beyond the fragmentary stage.

The album is now available as CD, download or at the streaming service of your choice.

Livestream concert at Wigmore Hall

22Oct

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Second music video of the album "Fragment"

15Aug

Watch now Andante-Fragment on Youtube

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New album "Fragment"

14Aug

Franz Schubert in focus | Release 14.8. on Berlin Classics

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Release of Schubert's String Quartet No. 6

31Jul

plus offical music video of movement 4 "Allegro"

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Nomination OPUS-Klassik

22Jul

for "Chiaroscuro" in the categories "ensemble of the year" and "chamber music recording: Quartet of the year"

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EP-Release "Rosamunde"

17Jul

furthermore: Ken Schumann talks with niusic about Schuberts dream world (in German)

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Single release from the EP "Rosamunde"

03Jul

Perfect if unfinished: Schumann Quartet plays Schubert on the new album

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rehearsal and concert activity resumed

10Jun

Concerts at Kultursommer Nordhessen and Rottenburg

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March concerts cancelled

16Mar

Dear Friends, also on our end, concerts from 15.3.-29.3. are cancelled.

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