This CD contains two early string quartets by one of the most influential composers of the twentieth century. The first of these is dated 1897 and is without number. It is a relatively concise work that begins with a charming and sunny allegro that shows the influence of Dvorak. I did not find the three subsequent movements to be as interesting or enjoyable.
The major work on this disc is Schoenberg's string quartet #1. This work, dated eight years later, is in four connected parts. The first part is an intense allegro, the second a scherzo, the third a compelling adagio, and the fourth is an extension of the adagio. Although at more than 46 minutes, the work might well benefit from judicious editing, there is much to enjoy here. There are many moments of great beauty and many more of great interest. Listeners who enjoy TRANSFIGURED NIGHT will probably also find this quartet to their liking. I certainly did.
The playing of the Leipzig String Quartet is superb and the recording is very good.