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Schubert: String Quintet, Op. 163 / Arcanto Quartet, Oliver Marron, cello

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Quintet for Strings in C major, Op. 163/D 956
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Notes & Reviews:

Composed during the final weeks of Schubert's life, the Quintet in C major for two violins, viola and two cellos ranks among his greatest accomplishments. Schubert's decision to use a second cello (rather than the second viola as in Mozart's quintets) adds to the overall richness of the piece and gives it a darker, more melancholy timbre. In its day, Schubert's Quintet was truly a revolutionary work. It is truly symphonic in scope, with 'orchestration' that mimics motifs characteristic of writing for winds and brass. This new recording from the Arcanto Quartet and cellist Olivier Marron (2004 first prize winner at the international Johann Sebastian Bach competition in Leipzig, Germany) illuminates the colors and decodes the complexities of this timeless masterpiece.

The Washington Post
Absolutely stunning virtuosity and depth, so relentlessly powerful you didn't dare move for fear you might get hurt.

Sunday Times, August 2012
Listening to this intense, richly expressive account, you wonder again how superior spirits ever had the nerve to patronise Schubert's quintet...The Arcanto and the cellist Olivier Marron - driven, passionate yet exceptional in clarity of texture - realise the work's combination of danger and yearning, of desperation and dreamlike beauty, to an inspiring degree.

The Observer, September 2012
Can the market bear another recording of a work so popular as to be almost hackneyed? Yes, when the playing has the detail, the muscularity, the daring and sparkle displayed here. Tempi are brisk but not rushed; vibrato is kept under tight rein and the slow movement sings tenderly rather than sobs, making it all the more expressive. The outer movements shine in perfect but vigorous ensemble.

International Record Review, October 2012
This is a performance of the highest class, gripping you from the moment that four of the five players set bow to string at the outset ... the overall impression is of extreme thoughtfulness ... Comparisons seem pointless. Notwithstanding the countless versions of this piece, this is one for the gods.

The Strad, November/December 2012
An account that brinds out the depths of light and shade in Schubert's masterpiece ... Throughout, the intonation is impeccable and, thanks also to excellent sound quality, this newcomer can be strongly recommended.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
This is one of my favorite pieces of music, but I could not bear to listen thru to the end of this recording.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teldex Studio Berlin (12/2010).


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>Schubert, Franz : Quintet for Strings in C major, Op. 163/D 956
  • Performer: Olivier Marron (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Arcanto Quartet
  • Running Time: 52 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1828