It is hard not to be convinced that these works are complete masterpieces on hearing Cristina Ortiz's superb pianism. In the Quartet the variety of tone and pedalling she gets in the opening repeated figuration holds the ear through every phrase, and there is a sense of enjoyment of the sonority and elation at the beauty of the music. It's certainly better than the other version I have, which had led me to think it was a bit second-rate, but it isn't. The Barcarolle and Quintet are equally seductive, the latter being quite like a concerto in its big writing for the piano and brilliant tone, with the whole range of the keyboard used. The top register is particularly brilliant, set against sonorous chords written thickly in the bass. You really sit up and listen - not so unlike the Tchaikovsky Trio, or a big, square box of chocolates, just the right elegant flatness (because there is deeper music, certainly), with a charming tiled pattern suggestive of Egypt - the ideal thing to go with listening to it, in fact ... The sound is full, warm, integrated in terms of the strings against the piano, and full of subtle nuances in the piano: it's a dream of a disc.