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Schubert: The Trout Quintet / Dvorak: Piano Quintet

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  • Performer: Wiener Oktett
  • Audio CD (15 July 1997)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0000042E2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,369 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pno Qnt 'The Trout': I. Allegro Vivace
2. Pno Qnt 'The Trout': II. Andante
3. Pno Qnt 'The Trout': III. Scherzo-Presto
4. Pno Qnt 'The Trout': IV. Theme & Vars:Andantino
5. Pno Qnt 'The Trout': V. Finale:Allegro Giusto
6. Pno Qnt, Op.81: I. Allegro Ma Non Tanto
7. Pno Qnt, Op.81: II. Dumka:Andante Con Moto
8. Pno Qnt, Op.81: III. Scherzo (Furiant)/Molto Vivace
9. Pno Qnt, Op.81: IV. Finale:Allegro

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By DAVID BRYSON TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 April 2002
Curzon on his day was one of the most perfect and delightful players there ever was. He was a big man with a smallish touch, but the touch had an elfin perfection that could deliver performances in a class of their own when he got hold of the right pieces. Thanks to CD, here we have two just such pieces on one record, and as far as I am concerned these performances are both IT. Obviously Serkin and Richter can do bigger things, and at the start of the Trout Serkin's unique subtlety of dynamics has a very special place in my library of great playing. But I still come back to it -- I do not necessarily want bigger things in these two works. Small-scale perfection will suit me. I suppose the word that sums up these two accounts is 'exquisite'. The start of the Dvorak is just that. It would be hard to imagine a more heavenly sound from any chamber group. Tempo, phrasing, string tone, absolute and perfect tact from the pianist -- it is all some kind of ideal. To be candid, Dvorak tends to irritate me -- so much real and even colossal genius and he just plays around with it for the most part. However it would be a very ungrateful music lover who could not put such thoughts aside during a performance of the piano quintet as sympathetic as this is. The Trout is in the same bracket. I doubt I have ever heard or ever shall hear the variations done as delightfully as this, and the key to it all is this unique and special piano-player. Forgetting
the heavyweights for a moment, Curzon himself did bigger things in bigger pieces, but these two performances will always be his special monument for me.
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Amazon.com: 4 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A great pianist matched with relaxed, gemutlich Viennese 14 May 2006
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
The Viennese charm in ths string playing on this CD is famed but by no means disciplined--the approach is sweet, relaxed, a bit careless about ensemble. But the pianist, Clifford Curzon, is something else again. He dominates both the Schubert Trout Quintet and the Dvorak Piano Quintet, and his musicianship, while seemingly relaxed, contains a wealth of maturity. In that sense the performance is a bit of a mismathc: the string players can't keep up with Curzon, despite their gemutlich affability.

Contrary to the capsule reviews below, I wouldn't buy this CD for the Trout Quintet--Curzon's live performance on BBC Legends with the Amadeus Quartet is musically superior. My attention was caught by the Dvorak, where Curzon's lovely phrasing and continuous insight are simply beautiful. So, not exactly half a loaf--let's say three-quarters.
excellent performances of two essential piano quintets 21 Feb 2014
By classicalmusiclover - Published on Amazon.com
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great performance as one would expect from curzon and members of the vienna octet. wonderful vintage decca sound beautifully remastered. still sounds fresh and exciting after all these years!
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Engaging Schubert 26 Oct 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is a beautifully played and very well-organized version of the Trout. The group shows a thorough understanding of the music, and gives an engaging and occasionally sparkling performance. The Dvorak is also well done. The recording is of the very best quality from the 60s.
2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Made me think about the purpose of music. 6 Jun 1999
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The important recording on this disk is the Trout, which is a moderately well-known piece. If it were known even better, and this recording is the perfect vehicle for such an enterprise, people may come to see music as a communal activity, what it once had been and what it could be again (pace Toscanini).
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