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5.0 out of 5 stars The best there is, 31 Jan. 2009
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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Initial post: 16 May 2014 18:12:06 BDT
I totally agree with what you say about the adagio. This is a fantastic recording.
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