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After being awarded with Germany‘s prestigious Klassik ECHO award and France’s Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros in 2011 for its Virgin Classics Beethoven cycle, the Artemis Quartet is releasing an all-Schubert CD. It presents the composer’s final three string quartets: No. 13 in A Minor "Rosamunde," No. 14 in D Minor "‘Death and the Maiden," and No. 15 in G Major. This new Schubert album joins the Artemis Quartet’s 2008 release of the composer’s String Quintet (for which cellist Truls Mørk complemented the ensemble) and Quartettsatz in C Minor.

Cellist Eckart Runge points out, “There is an almost terrifying modernism in these three late Schubert quartets, but it is totally different from the modernism of Beethoven. When placed together in a program, the three quartets shine in another light: No. 14 is concentrated and dramatic; No. 15 is huge, symphonic, and cosmic, and No. 13 is introspective and melancholy – less spectacular than the other two.”

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