Schubert: String Quintet; Quartettsatz

October 12, 2004 | Format: MP3

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9:12
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6:32
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 12, 2004
  • Release Date: October 12, 2004
  • Label: RCA Red Seal
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  • Total Length: 54:49
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  • ASIN: B0014LT9S8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,660 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 22, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The Amazon reviewer hears the Guarneri with halos on, but to my ears their Schubert C major Quintet lacks affection and poetry. This is a dry, almost objective reading of some of the most sublime music ever written. In addition, RCA was going through a bad patch of sound in 1975 -- smack in the middle of the notorious Dynagroove period -- and the Guarneris were consistently given thin, unpleasant sound. That's been offset by digital processing, but not entirely erased.

No matter how good the sound could have been, the shortcomings of the interpretation become obvious in the second movement, which should build in intensity and poignancy over a soaring lyric span. Here we just get long bowing and phrases that have little emoitonal impact form beginning to end. The foursquare rhythm in the Scerzo reminds me of a clog dance, and the finale lacks joy -- there's not even much variety of tone. In all, I am baffled by the ecstasy expressed in other reviews, and to tell the truth, nobody has ever "acclaimed" this recording in my presence or in print.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Scriabinmahler on October 31, 2007
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String Quintet, one of the most sublime music Schubert wrote, was featured in BBC Radio 3's Building a Library recently, and I was surprised they chose Hagen Quartet with Heinrich Schiff as best. In my opinion they play as if playing against each other and their harsh sound simply do not blend. I think the highly acclaimed 70s stereo recording by Guarneri Quartet with Rose is far superior, with their warmly expressive autumnal sound fully resonating to enhance the music. Their tempi judgment is superb and the slow movement is simply sublime. It is good to have this recording back in catalogue with better sound quality, and another chamber music master piece, Quartettsatz played equally superb is a real bonus.
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Sometimes a negative review will have a result opposite to the one intended. Santa Fe Listener's dismissal made me very curious to hear this recording. Those who follow his reviews know SFL for a very opinionated reviewer, sometimes for the better, and sometimes for the most disputable. And he's expressed, in other reviews of Schubert's C-Major Quintet, opinions that are so at odds with my own, not just in value but even, sometimes, in his very description of the nature of the interpretation - while I understand that he could find the Alban Berg Quartet "too aggressive" (I call them "intense and vehement"), I don't know what he hears in the Melos Quartet with Rostropovich that he would call "more elegant than intense" and "distinctly low-key", with "only modest ambitions as for as impact goes" - that I anticipated something similar with the present recording. And after all, the Guarneri Quartet and Leonard Rose were no menial, minor-league performers that can easily be shrugged off, they were among America's top chamber musicians of those years: the recording was made in 1975, three years after the Juilliard Quartet's first (not reissued on CD, not to be confused with their 1986 digital remake, both with cellist Bernard Greenhouse from the Beaux Arts Trio, Franz Schubert: Quintet, D. 956 (C major)), and two years before the famous Melos Quartet-Rostropovich version, Schubert: String Quintet In C Major, D. 956.Read more ›
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Sinclair on January 9, 2009
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I gave this as a gift to a composer friend who
was impressed indeed, and did not have it in his extensive
collection. High recommended if you can find it.
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