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Schubert: The Late String Quartets; String Quintet
Schubert: The Late String Quartets; String Quintet

5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Match - Lindsays and Schubert, 15 Jan. 2012
I have owned most of these recordings on individual discs from ASV. Prior to my experience with the Lindsay Quartet, I owned and am partial to the Amadeus Quartet. Especially is this true of Death and the Maiden. It seems as if one either loves or hates the Lindsays. They play with an individuality and feeling that elicits these sort of comments. One reviewer wrote that the Lindsays seem to find weirdness in whatever they play.I think I understand what that reviewer had in mind, but I could not disagree more with his assessment. It is obvious that they play with great emotion. It is equally true that they have a depth of understanding and feeling for Schubert that shines through in these recordings.The quintet is a timeless piece of music, and the Lindsay version can move me to tears. The tempi they choose seems to me to be spot on. They do not loiter about their business, neither do they rush through the material. The recordings themselves from ASV are lovely. I have a high end stereo, and my Magneplanars do strings with an uncanny realism. I appreciate the 'you are there' effect that ASV gives. So many digital recordings are just that - digital. These have a purity of tone that one ascribes to analogue, neither too harsh nor rolled off in the highest register. Certainly, there are many choices for these beautiful chamber works. Emersons, ABQ, Amadeus, and Takacs Quartet, which is an excellent group (they deserve their own review), as well as many fine older recordings by great quartets from the past. I do not have the audacity to say that the Lindsays are the best, but they are my favorites. I am glad to have the privilege to own these great recordings by a great artist, and given the treatment they rightly deserve by a great quartet. I will miss the Lindsays. I am from the States, so please forgive my English.

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