I have had great hopes for this one and awaited it in anticipation only to get more and more disgusted with the sonic of this DDD recording:
The piano is all over the place, it is not focused and certainly it is not emanating from behind the string quartet that it shares the tunes with. It does not support the quartet players and is too dominating of the scene.
The counter-bass is huge in proportions and unfocused and when played along side the cello, you can't tell which is which.
The violin and the viola shares the same "space" and although they sound more "proportional", they too are sounding canned.
No doubt the recording engineer has no idea how chamber music should sound when recording it, and no doubts that he/she used as many microphones as he/she could mastered for this oeuvre, in the false hope to be able to capture every nuance. Big mistake...!
So what we end up with is a product that makes you tired when listening to and that makes you want to eject the CD and go for someone else who have recorded it more faithfully.
The Mozart quartet that comes with this CD too does not fare well either for exactly the same reasons mentioned.
Also, the recorded volume is much too high and disturbing.
Conclusion: What ever the so called "music lovers" would have to say about this one and what ever their reaction to this review would be, this product has a stupid balance engineered overall and has no real feel for the flow of the music which is pity, as it is a waste of musical-talents.
For a better "trout-fish" take the other one that features Brendel and leave this one alone.