Berg, Webern, Schonberg: Chamber Music / Belcea Quartet

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On the Belceas’ disc, the [Berg] Lyric Suite fidgets at the centre of a Second Viennese School primer. The [Webern] Langsamer Satz is slow only according to the clock, nervous and more dissonant than usual, in expressive terms – there are no wrong notes – with an acute sense of timing as, at the movement’s halfway stage (4'40"), Webern looks back on himself and this voluptuous dream of C major with mingled nostalgia and regret. In the Five Movements, Op 5, the Belceas’ muted, breathless approach is no less effective than the extrovert technical accomplishment and timbral extremes of the LaSalle Quartet, and in the slow second and fourth movements, when they contrive to play on the very edge of audibility, more to the point. Their [Schoenberg] Verklärte Nacht bucks the trend of recent slow and solemn performances – the Achilles heel of the orchestration being that it draws the piece closer to Metamorphosen than Erwartung – and is fitted closely to Dehmel’s lascivious storyline. - Gramophone

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: Alpha209

  • UPC: 3760014192098

  • Label: Alpha

  • Composer: Alban Berg, Anton Webern, Arnold Schoenberg

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Belcea String Quartet

  • Performer: Antonio Meneses, Nicolas Bône


  1. Sätze (5) for String Quartet, Op. 5

    Composer: Anton Webern

    Ensemble: Belcea String Quartet

  2. Langsamer Satz for String Quartet, M 78

    Composer: Anton Webern

    Ensemble: Belcea String Quartet

  3. Lyric Suite for String Quartet

    Composer: Alban Berg

    Ensemble: Belcea String Quartet

  4. Verklärte Nacht for String Sextet, Op. 4

    Composer: Arnold Schoenberg

    Ensemble: Belcea String Quartet

    Performer: Nicolas Bône (Viola), Antonio Meneses (Cello)