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Schubert: Death and the Maiden

Schubert: Death and the Maiden

Artist
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Schubert: Death and the Maiden
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Genre(s)
Classical
Code
ALPHA265
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    Patricia Kopatchinskaja performs a pillar of chamber music repertoire, Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, known as Death and the Maiden. This album won the 'Best Chamber Music' award at the 60th annual Grammy Awards.

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja writes: “With the wonderful Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra we are presently exploring Schuberts quatuor ‘Death and the maiden’. Of course we have to include Schubert’s earlier song with the same title on the poem of Matthias Claudius. This song belongs to the medieval tradition of the dance of death. Therefore we also play „Toden Tanz“ (with poor me dancing), an ancient death dance written up by the German organ player August Nörmiger (1560-1613). Schubert’s song and the slow movement of his quatuor use the solemn rhythm of a Pavan, so we also play one of Dowland’s Pavans from „Seven Teares“. Add to this „Moro lasso“ a madrigal about death by the famous Renaissance composer (and murderer!) Gesualdo. In between we also refresh our ears with other unsettling works by modern composers like György Kurtag and Heinz Holliger.”