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Late String Quartets / String Quintet [Box set]

Franz Schubert , The Lindsays Audio CD
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  • Performer: The Lindsays
  • Composer: Franz Schubert
  • Audio CD (August 24, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B0001Z2RSW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,783 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. I. Allegro Ma Non Troppo
2. II. Adagio
3. III. Scherzo (Presto) - Trio (Andante Sostenuto)
4. IV. Finale: Allegretto
Disc: 2
1. I. Allegro
2. II. Andante Con Moto
3. II. Scherzo (Allegro Molto) - Trio
4. IV. Presto
5. String Quartet No. 12 in C Minor, D703 'Quartettsatz'
Disc: 3
1. I. Allegro Ma Non Troppo
2. II. Andante
3. III. Menuetto - Allegretto
4. IV. Allegro Moderato
5. I. Allegro Ma Non Troppo
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Disc: 4
1. I. Allegro Molto Moderato
2. II. Andante Un Poco Moto
3. III. Scherzo: Allegro Vivace - (Trio: Allegretto)
4. IV. Allegro Assai

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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent set August 30, 2013
Format:Audio CD
This is a really excellent set - four discs of some of Schubert's finest and most affecting music played by one of the great string quartets of the last 40 years. The music itself is simply fantastic: Schubert's wonderful last three String Quartets - the A minor "Rosamunde" D804, the D minor "Death and the Maiden" D810, and the great G major D887 - plus one earlier quartet, the brilliant single movement "Quatettsatz" D703 and of course the sublime String Quintet in C, D956. It is utterly captivating and wonderfully varied with limpid beauty in the famous Adagio of the Quintet, drama in the famous opening of "Death and the Maiden" and aching melancholy in the Minuet of the A minor "Rosamunde" quartet, for example. For me, Schubert is at his best in his chamber music and this selection represents some of the cream of it.

The performances are extremely good. Intonation is generally very sound, which cannot always be said of The Lindsays by any means, and their empathy with and interpretation of the music is excellent. They play together with a superb understanding and produce something really special in places. This has been my favourite version of the String Quintet for many years, and every movement in this entire set is really involving and rewarding. I have versions of two of the Quartets which I marginally prefer to these (Quartetto Italiano for the A minor and the Takacs Quartet for Death and the Maiden, if you're interested), but I have owned the original issues of the discs in this set for years, and I am still extremely fond of them and play them regularly and with great pleasure.

You simply can't go wrong with this set. It's an absolute bargain and you get a wealth of truly great music in excellent performances. Very warmly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars solid performances but i prefer melos' August 19, 2014
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the lindsays, along with the quartetto italiano, seem to be the go-to recommendations of many critics. quartet 14, death and maiden, is a favorite piece of mine, and i've listened several times to versions by the lindsays, the quartetto italiano, the alban berg, the takacs and the melos. the "third ear" reviewer damns with faint praise the melos' versions of the late quartets, condemning them to the second rank, but i find them more expressive, more romantic if you will, with a more prominent cello throughout and a exceedingly expressive first violin in the 2nd movement.

the lindsay version is more restrained, less openly emotional, but excellent in tone and balance. for someone who finds the melos' style too over the top, the lindsays or the quartetto italiano will do just fine.
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