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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Performance : Dreadful Booklet, 29 April 2014
This review is from: Brahms: String Quintets [Lawence Power, Takacs Quartet] [Hyperion: CDA67900] (Audio CD)
This is a wonderful performance of relatively unknown music which contains endless riches. It is unfortunate that Hyperion decided to invite Frances Pott to write analytical notes. I have never read such pompous,pretentious, academic nonsense which totally misses the emotional messages of the music . Perhaps one typical passage will give its flavour. Commenting on the wonderful sweep of the cello melody in the Opus 111 first movement we are told that the theme has ' often been cited as a searching test of the player's control and projection ' and that the movement then 'embodies much conscious undermining or displacement of normal accentuation'. I extend my sympathy to Pott's students. Lets hope they can get to the music without his ponderous guidance. My advice to Hyperion is to consider what the purpose of a booklet is intended to be .The company set high standards with the Graham Johnson notes on its Schubert edition which were both erudite and inspiring. They also showed delightful touches of wit. Pott on the other hand is obscure, off-putting and totally without humour. Fortunately the disc rises above his efforts; listen before you read !
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