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5.0 out of 5 stars The best there is
As the great pianist Artur Rubinstein once said, the second part of this late masterpiece, written by Franz Schubert a few months before his untimely death in the age of 31, is the piece he would have wished to sound at his funeral. Indeed, the famous Adagio is one of these rare pieces of music that create a sensation of complete arrest of time. Therefore, it is best to...
Published on 31 Jan 2009 by Michal Cichy

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2.0 out of 5 stars I DON'T LIKE IT
THIS IS JUST A PERSONAL OPINION BUT I DON'T LIKE SCHUBERT STRING QUINTET. ALTHOUGH THE PERFORMANCE IS CORRECT THE MUSIC IS TOO DULL, BORING.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best there is, 31 Jan 2009
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Michal Cichy (Warsaw, Poland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Schubert: String Quintet D 956 (Audio CD)
As the great pianist Artur Rubinstein once said, the second part of this late masterpiece, written by Franz Schubert a few months before his untimely death in the age of 31, is the piece he would have wished to sound at his funeral. Indeed, the famous Adagio is one of these rare pieces of music that create a sensation of complete arrest of time. Therefore, it is best to play it as slow as humanly possible and this is exactly what happens in this recording by the Melos Quartett with Mstislav Rostropovich on second cello. Guaranteed: if you sampled this Adagio, you will always prefer it over other, more hasty readings by even such great master cellists as Pablo Casals Pablo Casals Conducts and Plays Schubert at Prades (1952-1953), Gregor Piatigorsky Schubert: Quintet, D. 956; Trio, D. 581; Ave Maria; Bach: 3 Sinfonias or more recently the shining Dutch virtuoso Pieter Wispelwey Schubert - String Quintet.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lordly Rostropovitch, 21 Sep 2009
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Probably one of the most sublime pieces of music, rendered beautifully by the Melos Quartet, but with the added timbre and resonance of Rostropovitch's cello at it's most sonorous.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Schubert string quintet, 20 Nov 2010
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Absolutely wonderful melodic, moving pieces. Catches at the heart strings, Rostropovich at his best and a well deserved "Probably the best all round version" from BBC Radio 3. What higher accolade can one have? Buy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TOP RECOMMENDATION, 8 Feb 2013
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Mr. W. Greenock (UK) - See all my reviews
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An all-time classic recording. Would only be surpassed by the famous Casals version if the latter was in a modern stereo recording
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5.0 out of 5 stars A deeply touching !, 1 Mar 2013
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Deply felt and masterfully playd !
(Almost impossible to describe the intimate of the chamber music...My recommandation-by this great recording , and enjoi . Your soul grows richer !)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A musical delight., 30 Dec 2012
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I never cease to wonder at the brilliance of composers and the breathtaking talent of these musicians. A wonder record.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 6 May 2014
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Excellent all round, also an impressive example of Rostropovich's (I assume) leadership and interpretative empathy in this poignant piece. Would recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A shimmering performance, 11 Dec 2013
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Before choosing this recording I read a lot of reviews - it's one of my favourite chamber works so it had to be good. I was not disappointed. In some recordings the momentum - the 'big arcs' of the piece' - can be felt to 'sit down' rather, especially if individual players wallow in their own parts rather than supporting the flow of the whole. Here instead of heaviness there is poise and flow: the macro and the micro are beautifully balanced, the teamwork is impeccable, and repeated listening just adds to the pleasure.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but sad., 7 Sep 2013
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Mr. D. McKenna "foliofreak" (East Yorkshire) - See all my reviews
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In the film 'Conspiracy' about the Wansee Conference in Berlin, the actor playing the lead role, Kenneth Branagh, puts on this record at the end of the day after discussing the 'Jewish Question'. "The adagio will tear your heart out" he says.
And it certainly does.
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0 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I DON'T LIKE IT, 6 April 2013
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Mr. A. B. Orejas "ALFREDO" (LONDON) - See all my reviews
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THIS IS JUST A PERSONAL OPINION BUT I DON'T LIKE SCHUBERT STRING QUINTET. ALTHOUGH THE PERFORMANCE IS CORRECT THE MUSIC IS TOO DULL, BORING.
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