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A big claim BUT...,
This review is from: Janine Jansen - Schoenberg:Verklarte Nacht / Schubert: String Quintet In C Major [Japan LTD SHM-CD] UCCD-1362 (Audio CD)
I bought this cd whilst on holiday in Salzburg recently - February being the only month with no concerts in this most cultured of cities - so I bought a few CDs to compensate! (My experience of going abroad is that mainland Europe seems to get new releases a couple of months before they are released in the UK).
This is the cd I keep returning too. The playing is, to say the least, blistering, tender and daring in equal measures.
Verklarte Nacht is dramatic without going OTT. (It's amazing how often chamber groups want to sound like the Berlin Philharmonic with added adrenaline!). Although Schoenberg's demanding string writing is made light of there is no sense of this this being a showcase for virtuoso playing. Each strand is given equal weight as necessary and this amazing score is shown as still having the power to shock. Will this recording make you hear things you've not noticed before? Oh yes!
The Schubert is given a wonderful and, for me, involving performance. There have been so many recordings of this beloved work that it would be unrealistic of me to start making comparisons, suffice to say, that this belongs amongst the very best of them.
Some may find the extreme dynamics and slow (but concentrated) tempi in the sublime 2nd movement to be off putting (especially in a recording context) but, for me this is a real performance that grips you by the hair and will not let go!
The recording is superb and shows these amazing musicians to their best advantage and the booklet shows admirable restraint with photos of Ms. Jansen! The cd itself plays for an astonishing 83 minutes and 12 seconds so no complaints of short measure.
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Initial post: 27 Jun 2013 14:55:30 BDT
Stanley Crowe says:
I totally agree -- I reviewed this on amazon.com in the US. I was very impressed.
Posted on 27 Jun 2013 14:55:48 BDT
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