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Who could ask for more?,
This review is from: Schubert: The Late String Quartets; String Quintet (Audio CD)
Given the range of competition - both ancient and modern in this repertoire it is difficult for the novice in this area to decide where to pitch their funds.Having read the helpful customer reviews on Amazon (for which I say 'Thank you')and a similarly informative article on Music web by Michael CooksonI though it was time to make a decision.
Well now that this brilliant 4 CD set has arrived and is currently ensconced on my player I can cheerfully concur with fellow Amazonians.It is hard to imagine that some of these works where written when Schubert was only in his late 20's such is the degree of maturity aligned a sense of acceptance of things if not resignation, present in much of the music. These performances are richly expressive and full of life.The Lindsays understand Schubert and his oeuvre.There is joy and deep feeling, along with contemplative and vivaciousness.All human life is here in these beautiful works.The group play with an integrated sense of purpose, phrases are clearly defined and there is energy and commitment aplenty.
The recording itself is realistic and detailed.There is is little hint that you often get of the 'glassiness' of early CD productions - all surface sheen and no real depth or warmth.So overall then this collection is great value for money.The music and performances are of course a given.Other commentators will have their favourite versions of particular pieces,but I like the heartfelt way the Lindsays approach Schubert and the fact that this is an unusually consistent collection.In other words, where else could you get such great music at such a reasonable price! The sound recording is very acceptable and the sleevenotes informative and well written. The box (and this is not always the case in these sorts of sets)is solid and will stand up to wear and tear.