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Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht / Schubert: String Quintet in C Major Import


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  • Performer: Alvin Dinkin, Kurt Reher, Hollywood String Quartet
  • Composer: Arnold Schoenberg, Franz Schubert
  • Audio CD (February 1, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Testament
  • ASIN: B000003XID
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,085 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sehr Langsam (Stanza 1)
2. Etwas Bewegter (Stanza 2)
3. Schwer Betont (Stanza 3)
4. Sehr Breit Und Langsam (Stanza 4)
5. Sehr Ruhig (Stanza 5)
6. Allegro Ma Non Troppo
7. Adagio
8. Scherzo (Presto) & Trio (Andante Sostenuto)
9. Allegretto

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By smarmer on March 7, 1999
George Steiner is said to have called the Schubert quintet proof of the existence of God. While I'm not sure I would go that far, it is certainly one of the greatest pieces of chamber music ever written. In judging recordings, I strongly favor interpretation over sound. Thus the two performances of this great piece which I favor most strongly are this magnificent one by the Hollywood String Quartet and another outstanding one by Casals et al on Sony, originally recorded at Prades in 1952. These two recordings represent the fruits of a golden age of chamber music whose depth and sweetness is hard to find today. For any listener who prefers performance and interpretation and is willing to accept a mono recording from the 50's, I assure you there will be rewards in either of these CD's. By the way, the Schoenberg is also excellent.
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These two recordings are history.

Taped in January 1951, the Hollywood Quartet's version of Schubert C-Major Quintet was one of the composition's very first recordings. If my records are right, its only precedessors had been versions from the 78s era, three British recordings (the Cobbett Quartet in 1925 for the National Gramophonic Society, downoadable from Pristine Classical; the London String Quartet in 1928 for British Columbia, also reissued by Pristine, or downloadable free from CHARM, the research centre on the History and Analysis of Recorded Music, and the Pro Arte Quartet in 1935, reissued by Biddulph, The Pro Arte Quartet play Schubert: Quintet for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos in C major, D. 956 / Brahms: String Sextet No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 18) followed by an American one, made for Columbia, by the Budapest Quartet augmented of Benar Heifetz in 1941 (Schubert: Piano Quintet, Op. 114, D. 667 ("The Trout"); String Quintet, Op. Post. 163, D. 956 (Recorded 8 May 1950, Washington [Trout] and 16 September 1941, New York [String Quintet]) - they re-recorded it in 1962). It isn't entirely clear when Westminster recorded the Vienna Konzerthaus Quartet, in 1950 or 1951 (Quintet In C); the first review I saw of it was in a French magazine from February 1952, and the Hollywood Quartet's LP (originally on Capitol) was reviewed in the January 1952 issue of The Gramophone.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 1998
This is an enthusiastic and vigorously played version. The Hollywood players obviously lived with this piece for some time before recording it--they capture all the nuances of Schubert's writing. The Schubert is complemented with a superb Verklaerte Nacht for which Schoenberg himself was moved to write the liner notes after hearing the Hollywood's performance. The recorded sound is no better than good--a little thin, but it captures the quartet's enthusiasm.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bruce K. Ackley on October 22, 2009
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After 40 years of listening to numerous versions of both the string orchestra and string sextet versions of this extraordinary piece, I'm hearing it for the first time. This is gorgeous playing which makes all the difference in making the music come alive. I love reading the notes too! Wonderful sounds!
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