New Zealand String Quartet “…fluid and energetic…uncommon eloquence…” The New York Times
New Zealand String Quartet: Schubert represents a milestone in the Quartet’s career of over 25 years with a recording of Franz Schubert’s masterpiece, String Quartet in G Major, D.887. As Schubert’s final and most epic string quartet, it is essential listening for classical music and string quartet enthusiasts. Schubert pushed the boundaries of string quartet writing of his time by including a huge range of dramatic contrast and requiring a high level of technical prowess from performers. This work is inventive and conveys a sense of urgency with its major/minor harmonic conflict, sudden accents and change of dynamics. It remains as a pinnacle of string quartet repertoire.
Schubert’s compelling work is performed with flair by the New Zealand String Quartet. This recording showcases their highly individual sound — one that has been developed over their many years together. Schubert’s masterpiece is perfectly captured here by the Grammy award-winning producers, Bonnie and Norbert Kraft.
‘If Schubert meant to compose his frustrations of life’s unfulfilled desires in his last string quartet, he could not have wished for better interpreters than the New Zealand String Quartet. Their motivation and passion did full justice to the contrasts, modulations and the symphonic allure. First rate!’ Henk Slik, De Stentor, The Netherlands (7 November 2008).