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Schubert: String Quintet in C major, D. 956
« on: August 01, 2008, 02:05:14 AM »
I've always considered this sublime work to be Schubert's crowning achievement. I'm just wondering, what recordings do you guys like???

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Re: Schubert: String Quintet in C major, D. 956
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2008, 02:07:16 AM »
I have only one. It is part of the eight-CD set from DG. (but it can also purchased as a single CD)
Emerson SQ w/ Rostropovich. I love what I have, though
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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2008, 02:42:08 AM »
I've heard and loved several, but the one that really "sends" me is by The Lindsay Quartet + Douglas Cummings. 0:)  Intonation and ensemble aren't exemplary, but....
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Re: Schubert: String Quintet in C major, D. 956
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2008, 03:21:15 AM »
Emerson SQ w/ Rostropovich.

I also have this one.  One of my favorite and most listened to CDs.  Love it!  :)

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« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2008, 05:01:52 AM »
I have several on CD:
- Casals & colleagues at the Prades Festival on Sony
- Starker w/ Kim, Nikkanin, Johnson & Bailey on Delos
- Hollywood SQ on Testament
- Hungarian SQ+ Varga on EMI

The Casals and the Hollywood are the ones I play most often. Neither is new in terms of recording, but both are gorgeous and utterly captivating IMO. The Casals is a bit "gutsier" in presentation and the Hollywood a bit more refined, but I wouldn't want to do without either. In fact, I had both on LP long before I purchased their CD transfers...and I still keep the vinyl today.
Whatever other newer versions you may end up with, I'd urge you to at least listen to one of these.

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Re: Schubert: String Quintet in C major, D. 956
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2008, 07:01:45 AM »
the only recording i currently own is the abq/schiff from the early 80s, which i love, but since i love this work so much i wanted to check out one or two more recordings. dirkronk, is the hollywood the one that comes with schoenberg's verklarte nacht? this recording seems very intriguing since i'm curious to hear verklarte nacht played by a chamber ensemble since my only recording of it is the orchestral version.

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Re: Schubert: String Quintet in C major, D. 956
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2008, 09:13:23 AM »
i'm curious to hear verklarte nacht played by a chamber ensemble since my only recording of it is the orchestral version.

I too want to get a chamber version of the Verklarte Nacht, but till then, I listen to the one here.
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=shoenberg+string+sextet+oxy151268&search_type=&aq=f
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Re: Schubert: String Quintet in C major, D. 956
« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2008, 10:34:24 AM »
the only recording i currently own is the abq/schiff from the early 80s, which i love, but since i love this work so much i wanted to check out one or two more recordings. dirkronk, is the hollywood the one that comes with schoenberg's verklarte nacht? this recording seems very intriguing since i'm curious to hear verklarte nacht played by a chamber ensemble since my only recording of it is the orchestral version.
It is. Both performances are pretty close to self-recommending as far as I am concerned.
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Re: Schubert: String Quintet in C major, D. 956
« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2008, 01:04:13 PM »
the only recording i currently own is the abq/schiff from the early 80s, which i love, but since i love this work so much i wanted to check out one or two more recordings. dirkronk, is the hollywood the one that comes with schoenberg's verklarte nacht? this recording seems very intriguing since i'm curious to hear verklarte nacht played by a chamber ensemble since my only recording of it is the orchestral version.

This recording is also my recommendation and the Verklate Nacht is truely beautiful in chamber form.
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Re: Schubert: String Quintet in C major, D. 956
« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2008, 01:12:11 PM »
It's HIP and it's absolutely great:




My second favourite happens to be HIP as well:



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« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2008, 02:22:28 PM »
This recording is also my recommendation and the Verklate Nacht is truely beautiful in chamber form.

Samuel, listen to edward and Holden (and me): get the Hollywood disc. Both pieces are fabulous. In fact, I have the Verklarte Nacht in two other chamber renditions, and the Hollywood Qt. is still my favorite in that piece, as well.

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Re: Schubert: String Quintet in C major, D. 956
« Reply #12 on: August 01, 2008, 03:08:27 PM »
It's HIP and it's absolutely great:




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I have several versions, but 2 that I listen far more often than any of the others. This one that Q rec's is my favorite, hands down. The sound of the instruments is just chillingly wonderful. The other, on modern instruments, has also been mentioned, although my disk is the single, not the set. That would be the Emersons and Rostro on DG. Although it lacks the wonderful sonorities of the gutty Strads, the playing is exceptional, and IMO they hit all the tempi just right. So my requisites are satisfied, one great modern performance, one great HIP one. :)

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Re: Schubert: String Quintet in C major, D. 956
« Reply #13 on: August 01, 2008, 11:19:22 PM »
To me the great versions are the Weller Quartet with Gurtler, perhaps the most natural and with a sublime phrasing, and the more dramatic and tense version of the Juilliard with Greenhouse (one of the most inspired recordings ever made by the Juilliard).

The Amadeus with Pleeth would be in third place.

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Re: Schubert: String Quintet in C major, D. 956
« Reply #14 on: August 02, 2008, 04:17:21 AM »
The 2 I listen to most often have already been recommended:
-- The Hollywood Qt., which does indeed come with a great Verklarte Nacht
-- and the Lindsay Qt., also very good

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Re: Schubert: String Quintet in C major, D. 956
« Reply #15 on: August 07, 2008, 06:35:10 AM »
I find myself listening to the Alban Berg Quartet/Heinrich Schiff recording when I want modern instruments.


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Re: Schubert: String Quintet in C major, D. 956
« Reply #16 on: August 12, 2008, 09:51:29 AM »
The Casals and the Hollywood, OK, the former (my second after a cheap Saga LP that wasn't bad)  more moving, the latter more beautiful and refined. I do like the Villa Musica performance on Naxos too, sharper, better sound as well - one of the Naxos dark horses. Then a more recent rich recording for wallowing in I have Stern, Ma & co on Sony. Also on Sony was a Marlboro Festival recording with Pamela Frank, Felix Galimir etc, magnificent.
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Re: Schubert: String Quintet in C major, D. 956
« Reply #17 on: July 23, 2009, 05:34:15 PM »
Bump!  There should be at least 50 pages on posts on this thread!  0:)

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Re: Schubert: String Quintet in C major, D. 956
« Reply #18 on: July 23, 2009, 06:25:52 PM »
Really!! 8)

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Re: Schubert: String Quintet in C major, D. 956
« Reply #19 on: July 23, 2009, 06:38:21 PM »
ok, so someone tell me, please...

I had "heard" that late Schubert was the way to go, but I must have been confused, because I went for the SQs and was bewildered by everyone's praise of the "heavenly length," and the yadayada...

so, then of course I realize that it's the Quintet everyone talking about...so,then... it's the real deal? Is it exactly what I envision it to be: impossibly beautiful melody undulating for an hour? It's a quantum leap from D887?