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NI 6221

Schubert String Quartets

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2013

Originally recorded in 2012


The Wihan Quartet


Martinu Hall, Academy of Performing Arts, Prague

20-21 June 2012


Jaroslav Rybar


Ondrej Urban

Record Label


String Quartet


Total Time - 62:05
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String Quartet No.15 in G major, D 887

1 Allegro molto moderato 22:17
2 Andante un poco mosso 12:39
3 Scherzo. Allegro vivace 7:01
4 Allegro assai 10:23

String Quartet No.12 in C minor, D 703 'Quartettsatz'

5 Allegro assai 9:45

The Wihan Quartet, formed in 1985, are heirs to the great Czech musical tradition. The Quartet’s outstanding reputation for the interpretation of its native Czech heritage and of the many classical, romantic and modern masterpieces of the string quartet repertoire is widely acknowledged.

 "...This is a masterful achievement by the Wihan Quartet, and a crucial one that belongs in the library of anyone who takes this music seriously."

Jerry Dubins - Fanfare - January/February 2014

 "This refined Czech ensemble gives  finely nuanced, warmly expressive reading of Schubert’s final masterpiece in this genre... With demonstration quality sound, and a welcome coupling, this performance deserves to be heard."  *****

Guy Weatherall - Classical Music magazine - September 2013

                    The Strad Recommends

"Everything about this recording auggests long acquaintance and a great deal of thought ... The recording is resonant and close enough to hear the players breathing in the rests."


Tim Homfray - The Strad magazine - August 2013

                   IRR Outstanding

"...An outstanding release."

Mortimer H Frank - International Record Review - July/August 2013


 "...One can only imagine the amount of hard work and preparation that has gone into these assured performances… The Wihan are strong and positive and certainly deserve to be heard." 

Michael Cookson - - April 2013

"...If this is one of the finest examples of Schubert’s mastery as a composer of chamber music, so too the performance of the Wihan Quartet is worthy of that mastery. Aided by one of the best and most atmospheric recordings imaginable, this disc can be welcomed with the utmost enthusiasm..."
Terry Barfoot - - May 2013

 "These are excellent studio accounts of classics made in Prague’s Martinu Hall, caught with excellent sound balance by engineer Ondrej Urban and just the right reverberation from the hall. Their playing is impeccable and virtually faultless whether live or from studio." 

Peter Grahame Woolf - - April 2013

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