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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 21 November 2010
This is one of the gems in the Naxos super-bargain catalogue: a performance by Hungarian musicians who clearly have Schubert's style in their blood and make their instruments sing with the sheer joy of music-making. They achieve a timeless poise in that mysterious, brooding introduction and again in the exquisite Adagio without sacrificing the requisite sense of momentum; then the rustic folk elements of the Allegro vivace and the Andante with themes and variations cheerfully emerge to provide balance and contrast with the more sombre preceding ideas. The minuet can emerge as rather stolid in the wrong hands; not here, and the arresting, growling string tremolos with which final movement begins transport us into the Gothic-Romantic world of "Der Erlkönig" (after all, we have already heard a theme from "Der Wanderer" in the first movement) and perhaps "Der Freischütz" (1821) before the joyous release of the intense and complex Allegro. The 1992 recording has just enough light and air around it to prevent the microphone picking up too many minuscule blemishes or extraneous noises - not always the case with recordings of chamber music these days - and the bonus is a miniature delight after the symphonic scale of the main work.
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on 13 September 2015
This work was unknown to me until I heard it played on Radio 3 by Rob Cowan. There aren't many octets in the literature
and that is unfortunate.This is great lyrical and late Schubert and as a for second only to the Mendlesohn.
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on 23 August 2014
excellent
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