New album "Fragment"
With their new album 'Fragment', the Schumann Quartet takes a look at Schubert and 2 ½ of his string quartets: a work of the early years, Rosamunde as a late work and in between the C minor quartet with the Andante fragment.
Why 2 ½ string quartets? – The Quartettsatz D 703, usually played on its own, is followed by a second-movement Andante, a placid narrative. After forty bars, unfortunately, the music dries up, leaving the listener stranded. What are we to make of that? Why did Schubert stop work on a quartet that he had begun in 1820? We don’t know; obviously something else came up. Not for nothing are these years of Schubert’s life, plagued as they are by blind alleys and new directions, regularly described in the literature as his 'crisis years'. The composer, no longer a youth and very much a mature composer, is only human, not an infallible genius. Some of the ideas he had at the time never advanced beyond the fragmentary stage.
The album is now available as CD, download or at the streaming service of your choice.
Through Europe on the trails of Mozart
Schumann Quartet as embassador at Prague Spring and Mozartfest Würzburg 2021Read more
Livestream concert at Wigmore Hall
Watch now onlineRead more
Second music video of the album "Fragment"
Watch now Andante-Fragment on YoutubeRead more
New album "Fragment"
Franz Schubert in focus | Release 14.8. on Berlin ClassicsRead more
Release of Schubert's String Quartet No. 6
plus offical music video of movement 4 "Allegro"Read more
for "Chiaroscuro" in the categories "ensemble of the year" and "chamber music recording: Quartet of the year"Read more
furthermore: Ken Schumann talks with niusic about Schuberts dream world (in German)Read more
Single release from the EP "Rosamunde"
Perfect if unfinished: Schumann Quartet plays Schubert on the new albumRead more
rehearsal and concert activity resumed
Concerts at Kultursommer Nordhessen and RottenburgRead more
March concerts cancelled
Dear Friends, also on our end, concerts from 15.3.-29.3. are cancelled.Read more