Webern The Complete Works for String Quartet and String Trio
The Artis Quartett was founded in 1980 following their graduation from Vienna’s Musikhochschule. To date they have recorded more than twenty discs which have won awards such as the Deutsche Phono-Akademie and the Grand Prix International du Disque.
Webern's output for string quartet and string trio takes us from the late-Romantic style of his Viennese years of study, through and beyond the Expressionist sound-world of the quartet works written just before the First World War, and towards the sparseness and serenity in his later music.
"Nimbus' recording is as distinguished as the playing itself. Urgently recommended." Misha Donat, BBC Music Magazine, June 2001
"With warm, purposeful performances recorded in full, close sound, the Artis Quartet present Webern's collected music for string quartet and string trio as a most persuasive survey of this problematic composer's creative career...with a commitment that readily helps to overcome any problems the listener may have." The Penguin Guide