Malin Hartelius & Gringolts Quartet - Schoenberg: String Quartets Nos. 2 & 4 (2017)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:04:59 | 149 MB
Conceived thirty years apart, both works on the present disc came into being at difficult times in the life of Arnold Schoenberg. Emotional stress caused by a marital crisis around 1907-1908 is often claimed to have contributed to the break with tonality that the Second String Quartet represents – in the course of the work Schoenberg moves from the post-Wagnerian chromaticism of Late Romanticism to atonality, with the final movement lacking a key signature altogether. Another unusual feature is the inclusion of a soprano in the two last movements. Schoenberg himself later wrote: 'I was inspired by poems of Stefan George, the German poet… and, surprisingly, without any expectation on my part, these songs showed a style quite different from everything I had written before.'