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Schubert: String Quintet (adapted for quintet with double bass) / Amsterdam Sinfonietta Soloists

Notes & Reviews:

One of the icons of chamber music, Schubert's celebrated String Quintet is heard in an unusual version on this recording. Schubert's work was styled after those of Boccherini and Onslow, which featured two violins, viola and two cellos. After hearing the double bass virtuoso Domenico Dragonetti, Onslow decided to add an alternative bass part to replace the second cello part. Schubert might have done the same if he had heard Dragonetti play, so the Amsterdam Sinfonietta commissioned this Marijn van Prooijen adaptation, and the double bass part is performed here by Rick Stotijn.

The Guardian, 19th November 2015
A fun new version...We forfeit the sweetness of the two cellos crooning their high tenor duets, but instead we get heft, and an added darkness that matches the angst beneath the work's tuneful surface...The playing is terrific: tasteful phrasing, gracious ensemble intuition and a string sound that's fibrous, luminous and poised.


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