The matchless Takács Quartet
return to Schubert. Their first disc on Hyperionhis Death and the Maiden and Rosamunde quartetsreceived unprecedently lavish critical acclaim, acknowledging a new modern benchmark for these works.
Now they turn to perhaps the most hauntingly beautiful of all Schuberts chamber works, the String Quintet
completed six weeks before the composers death. Schubert included a second cello in the texture, creating a sumptuously warm sound, a cradling intimacy. Here the Takács players are joined by cellist Ralph Kirshbaum
. Also recorded here is the Quartettsatz
: a fragmentof the highest qualityof a String Quartet in C minor abandoned by the composer.
Takács Quartet - Ralph Kirshbaum, violoncelle