Amazon's bare-bones listing doesn't indicate the remarkable features of this CD from 2006, which contains three post-Romantic sextets from Vienna, two of them transcriptions. Here's the program and the players:
Berg Piano Sonata, Op 1 (arr Muller)
Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht
R Strauss Capriccio - Prelude
Artemis Quartet (Natalia Prischepenko, Heime Muller vns Volker Jacobsen va Eckart Range vc) with Thomas Kakuska va Valentin Erben vc
The two added players are from the distinguished Alban Berg Qt., and they inspire the Artemis, an ensemble cut from the same cloth but a generation younger, to ultra-precise playing that is intense but still recognizably Viennese in style. There have been many fewer recordings of Schoenberg's original version of Verklarte Nacht than for the luscious arrangement he made for string orchestra. The latter is so voluptuous that I much prefer it, but here we get a super clean, detailed, unanimous reading. Those are great virtues, but I'm afraid the interpretation is too chilly to be really moving.
The Strauss transcription is taken from the Prelude to his opera Capriccio. We are in the same world as Verklarte Nacht, even though Strauss's music came decades later. The Sextet is so beautifully orchestrated in the original that a string sextet doesn't quite do it justice, but if you didn't know the opera, this is a striking piece because of its reminder of the composer's only major work for strings, the ineffable Metamorphosen.
Still in the realm of lush post-Romanticism waiting for the birth of serialism is the Berg Piano Sonata Op. 1. As different as strings are from the piano, this is a lovely shift in mood and tone. I can't say that I detect much variety moving from one track to the next, so I'd advise listening to this CD in more than one sitting. Taken in segments, it's an impressive disc.