Magazine article Gramophone

Schumann's Quartets: Three Earlier Recordings of Schumann's String Quartets, and How Gramophone Rated Them

Magazine article Gramophone

Schumann's Quartets: Three Earlier Recordings of Schumann's String Quartets, and How Gramophone Rated Them

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NOVEMBER 1966

Schumann String Quartet No 1

Drolc Quartet

DGG LP SLPM139143 (12in * 32s 3d)

It would be difficult to imagine a I much better recording than that by the Drolc. The performance combines poetry with a cool aristocratic dignity. The treatment is not so much austere as infinitely subtle: all those nuances of tempo and phrasing which make for Innigkeit are there even in such a briskly rhythmic movement as the Scherzo; but they are never obtrusive. Julian Budden

JUNE 2003

Schumann String Quartets No 1 & 3

Zehetmair Qt

ECM [F] 472 159-2 (50' * DDD)

The Zehetmair Quartet's coupling focuses the music's alternating wildness and fragility with altogether unique perception. Theirs is an agitated, combustible and loving view of Schumann, a credible trip into his troubled world that reflects older playing styles not by exaggerating or abandoning vibrato but by constantly varying tone, tempo, bow pressure and modes of attack. These are not comfortable performances. They pass on cosmetic appeal and would rather grate and rail than pander to surface 'gloss'. So be warned. …

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