Album title
minor major

Oslo String Quartet

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Disc 1
Hybrid SACD
Stereo DSD
Disc 2

Pure Audio Blu-ray
2.0 LPCM 192/24
5.1 DTS HDMA 192/24
9.1 Auro-3D
9.1 Dolby Atmos
mShuttle: MQA + MP3
Region: ABC - worldwide

Release date
June 2017
Recording date
October and December 2015
Jar Church, Norway
Original source
DXD (352.8kHz/24bit)

minor major

The present recording features both one of the longest and one of the shortest quartets in the string quartet repertoire. There is no denying that Schubert's last string quartet is great in every sense of the word, but Beethoven's “Quartetto Serioso”, although minor in size, is by no means dwarfed by it when it comes to sheer artistic quality; both quartets are indeed major works and a staple on the diet of any string quartet of merit. Even so, the concept of minor and major immediately springs to mind when contemplating putting these two completely different masterpieces on the same album. Duration apart, there is the obvious question of tonality: one work in F minor, the other in G major, which is simple enough and by itself justifies the album title. But things get more complicated the moment we subject the two works to a closer scrutiny.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) Quartet no. 11 in F minor op. 95
Franz Schubert (1797–1828) Quartet no. 15 in G major D887 op. 161

Recording sessions: Facebook Photo Album

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Denne innspillingen inneholder to grunnpilarer i det enorme repertoaret for strykekvartett, nemlig Beethovens meget personlige "Quartetto Serioso" i f-moll og Schuberts ekspansive siste kvartett i G-dur. Snarere enn å komplementere hverandre, er disse mesterverkene på mange måter meget kontrasterende. For det første har vi å gjøre med både et av de mest omfangsrike verker i standardrepertoaret og et av de korteste. Den ene kvartetten går i dur og den andre i moll. Den ene utadvendt, den andre innadvendt. Men hvis man går grundigere til verks, oppdager man at begge kvartettene har en ambivalent side som gjør det hele mer komplekst enn det kan synes på overflaten. Denne utgivelsen søker å belyse disse dualitetene, samtidig som den gir mulighet til å nyte to ubestridelige mesterverker helt uten baktanker.

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