Ragazze Quartet


This is ‘Vivere’. Not exactly a cheerful disc – all three compositions refer in various ways to death. This is reflected in the key (D minor is the key of death), in the opposite number of the Maiden, and finally even literally, in the fact that cellist Geneviève ‘dies’ before the end of the album. For us, however, to record this dramatic repertoire is to offer an ode to life. ‘Vivere’ – for by listening to this sombre music one realises how wonderful life can be. Performed by the Ragazze Quartet, four young women in the midst of life.

Joseph Haydn 1732–1809
Quart et in D minor , Opus 76,
no .2, Hobok en III:76 (1797-1799)
‘Fifths’ quartet /‘Quintenquartett ’

Franz Schubert 1797–1828
Quart et in D minor , D.810, (1824-26)
‘Death and th e Maiden’
‘Der Tod und das Mädchen’

Jörg W idmann 1973
9 Hunting Quart et /Jagdquartett
(3rd String Quartet; 2003)