Album: Janine Jansen, Schubert String Quartet/ Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht (Decca)

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All-star line-ups can be problematic in chamber music, but the depth of drama and colour in the stinging, swooning timbres identified by the Dutch violinist Janine Jansen and her friends, violinist Boris Brovtsyn, viola players Maxim Rysanov and Amihal Grosz, and cellists Torleif Thedéen and Jens Peter Maintz, makes this Verklärte Nacht impressive.

The pairing with Schubert is convincing, both works underpinned by Thedéen and Maintz's wonderfully close blend.