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Schubert: Piano Quintet - "Trout"

September 12, 2006 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: March 7, 2006
  • Release Date: September 12, 2006
  • Label: Philips
  • Copyright: (C) 2006 Decca Music Group Limited
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  • Total Length: 38:18
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  • ASIN: B0015S73I8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,757 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Discophage TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Given Alfred Brendel's credentials as a Schubert interpreter, it is almost surprising that he waited as late as 1977 to commit his first "Trout" quintet to disc, with members of the Cleveland Quartet and double bassist James van Demark. It was generally warmly received on its first publication and subsequent reappearance, in 1983, among the very first batch of CDs to be commercially released, and it has now been reissued on "The Originals" collection - still with no filler. While it was customary in the early days of CD to transfer LPs as (short as) they were to the new medium and claim a hefty amount of the music-lover's hard-bucks in exchange (another example being Richter's Trout with the Borodin Quartet from 1980 on EMI), much water has flowed under the bridges since. Richter's version has been reissued in a budget line with his Wanderer Fantasy as a bonus (see my comment: Schubert: "Trout" Quintet, "Wanderer" Fantasy, etc.), the Cleveland Quartet made their second recording of the "Trout" with pianist John O'Connor for Telarc in 1990 (with the bonus of the 13th quartet: Franz Schubert: Piano Quintet "Trout"/Quartet In A Minor), and five years later Brendel went on to record his new version with a string band led by Thomas Zehetmair, coupled with a Mozart piano quartet (Schubert: Trout quintet/Mozart: Piano Quartet In G Minor): I haven't heard it yet but it was enthusiastically received by every critic I have read.Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Kwok HALL OF FAME on July 30, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Reissued as one of The Originals: Legendary Recordings from the Philips Classics Catalog, Alfred Brendel's 1977 recording of Schubert's "Trout" Piano Quintet with members of the Cleveland Quartet (Donald Weilerstein on violin, Martha Strongin Katz on viola, Paul Katz on cello) and James van Denmark on double bass, has long been cited among the better recordings of this venerable work. It is a distinction that still holds up, even though I have heard other, more recent, and better, recordings such as the brand new one featuring pianist Yefim Bronfman and violinist Pinchas Zuckerman. What may be most notable about this recording is Brendel's superb, sympathetic interpretation of Schubert's score for the piano; not surprising to say the least since he is long-recognized as one of our finest interpreters of Schubert's piano literature. And yet, Brendel's exquisite interpretation is well-matched by subtle, refined music making from his Cleveland Quartet colleagues and James van Denmark. While this CD - whose sound quality has been enhanced through the latest 24 bit digital remastering from Philips - may no longer be regarded as one of the primary choices of this popular Schubert work, it will still be quite appealing to long-time admirers of Schubert, Alfred Brendel and the Cleveland Quartet.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By King Lemuel on April 19, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I have a half ton of Brendel's music on good ol fashioned vinyl including a 3 lp boxed set of Schubert's 8 impromptus and the Wanderer Fantasy but have never heard the Trout before. Yesterday and today I visited the Brendel wing at Rhapsody and came accross the Trout.

So, I cannot give you a critical review comparing and contrasting this version with that, etc. I can give a first impression. I just know I do not have to listen to 20 renditions in order to enjoy what I am now hearing! Brendel is one of the premier pianists of the 20th century and if this is not an "A" game performance as Tiger Woods would describe, his B game is better than most! I will just sit here, fat dumb, and happy, and enjoy the damn music. Brendel's playing as well as the other members of the quintet is very enjoyable.

Thank God for online music services! Rhapsody recently posted Brendel's live Beethoven 5 concertos from 1983, his mostly complete Mozart Concertos, and several other works. When I listen to Brendel or Barenboim or some other classical great and then read some of the reviews here at Amazon, I wonder if we are spining the same tunes. Many of the reviews seem to be personality driven with either likes or dislikes based upon the name(s) and not the performance. I would like to put some of these critics under the gun and give them a blind taste test and see if they really know their stuff. It is amazing how pretentious some people are in their reviews when they cannot even play the C major scale much less a gazoo.

Anyway! Enough of this semi ranting. Rhapsody offers a great opportunity to try before you buy.
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