Schubert from the
Tokyo Quartet -
'... a great deal in their favour ...'
Schubert's string quintet D 956 is unparalleled in its fundamental poignancy, abiding serenity and elemental drama. Such are its interpretative demands that you and I are more than justified in expecting any worthy repeatable performance to attain the highest musical and recording standards.
Though subjective expectations differ widely there is a discernible consensus about older recorded performances and a scattering of opinion over the growing catalogue of CDs allotted to this vital Schubert work.
Looking backwards we can count ourselves fortunate in having access to unparalled mid-twentieth-century recordings; none is imbued with greater affection than that from the Prades Festival (1952/53) with Isaac Stern, violin, Pablo Casals, cello, Milton Katims, viola, Alexander Schneider, violin and Paul Tortelier, cello -- plus the Prades Festival Orchestra in Symphony No 5 in B flat major, D 485 -- Casals conducting (Sony Casals Edition 58992, ADD)...
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Masterton, New Zealand