Our first cd with Channel Classics is called Vivere!
Haydn – ‘Fifth’ quartet
Schubert – Death and the Maiden
Widmann – Hunting quartet
A cd with 3 pieces about death, played by the Ragazze who are in the midst of life!
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Watch the spectaculair music video The Hunt
Press about Vivere
In Haydn’s op. 76 no. 2 and Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden,” they flirt with life, they play the rests, they play the expressive markings, too, and they find new breadth and breath in themes that are too often rushed or merely stormed through. In the Widmann, they are merely ferocious.
International Record Review
The Ragazze Quartet delivers an abruptly contoured and fittingly acerbic performance of Haydn, abetted by brisk tempos and a keen sense of the work’s structural needs.
Ragazze gives Schubert’s Death and the Maiden an energetic reading, playing up the dark dramatism for all its worth. In Widmann they are determined to destroy any sexist preconceptions of any of their listeners, Ragazze performed this quartet with all of the savage violence the composer intended for it; and, while it would have been nice to encounter it in the context of Widmann’s full cycle, this performance certainly made for an aggressively bold move in concluding a debut recording.
…the heritage of string quartet-playing is too authentic in it, and there is too much skill behind the kaleidoscoping of colours from phrase to phrase that loses nothing in its perfection of ensemble in the process.