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Schubert: String Quintet; Brahms: Clarinet Quintet / Fitzwilliam Quartet

Notes & Reviews:

Schubert - Gramophone Magazine
This is a thoughtful performance ... In the first movement the cellos play that marvellous second subject as Schubert wanted it, pianissimo, resisting the temptation to show off their tone mezzo-forte; and very lovely it sounds. The whole ensemble responds with unusual skill when Schubert asks for a diminuendo when the music is already pp, and that takes some doing. But there is plenty of vigour for contrast.

Brahms - Gramophone Magazine
This is a very sensitive performance of the Brahms in which just about everything seems to go well. The first movement has arguably exactly the right degree of forward pressure without losing any of its reflective beauty; the second catches exactly the right degree of Hungarian style for the passages based on that. In the third movement the wisps of sound are thrown off with exceptional skill. [... ] Overall, this performance is among the very best.

Wolf - Gramophone Magazine
A splendidly lively reading.

Brahms - Penguin Guide
Finely paced and beautifully integrated.

Wolf - Penguin Guide
A sparkling account ... well-defined recording.

Penguin Guide
A reading exceptionally faithful to Schubert's markings, yet one which with freshness and seeming spontaneity conveys the work's masterly power and impulse too [... ] The reading overall is deeply thoughtful, never exaggerated in expressiveness, but naturally compelling [... ] The recording is superbly full and atmospheric and has remarkable presence.


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