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on 31 January 2009
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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on 21 September 2009
Probably one of the most sublime pieces of music, rendered beautifully by the Melos Quartet, but with the added timbre and resonance of Rostropovitch's cello at it's most sonorous.
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on 20 November 2010
Absolutely wonderful melodic, moving pieces. Catches at the heart strings, Rostropovich at his best and a well deserved "Probably the best all round version" from BBC Radio 3. What higher accolade can one have? Buy it!
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on 11 December 2013
Before choosing this recording I read a lot of reviews - it's one of my favourite chamber works so it had to be good. I was not disappointed. In some recordings the momentum - the 'big arcs' of the piece' - can be felt to 'sit down' rather, especially if individual players wallow in their own parts rather than supporting the flow of the whole. Here instead of heaviness there is poise and flow: the macro and the micro are beautifully balanced, the teamwork is impeccable, and repeated listening just adds to the pleasure.
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on 24 March 2015
Beautiful rendition of a great piece. Sometimes including a star (Rostropovich) doesn't necessary mean that the outcome will be great - but this one is a beauty through and through. Highly recommended!
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on 5 May 2016
Quite a brilliant recording of Schubert's masterpiece! All instruments well balanced and all executed with masterly technique ...... The best recording of this that I know of - and I have been searching for a long time....... Wonderful, just wonderful!
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on 1 December 2016
This Schubert String Quintet with two cellos has been described as one of the greatest achievements of Western Civilisation.
This performance is magnificent, notably with Rostropovich playing.
Don't pass this CD by.
Sublime indeed.
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on 8 February 2013
An all-time classic recording. Would only be surpassed by the famous Casals version if the latter was in a modern stereo recording
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on 1 March 2013
Deply felt and masterfully playd !
(Almost impossible to describe the intimate of the chamber music...My recommandation-by this great recording , and enjoi . Your soul grows richer !)
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on 4 October 2015
The Melos,coupled with Slava,make for an exceptional performance of the most sublime,moving,and perfect chamber work Schubert(or anyone)ever produced.I love Schubert,actually my favourite composer,if there can be such a thing,and am always exploring new versions of his works,however once you own this,the search for quintet perfection is at an end.I see one reviewer considered this "boring".I cannot understand how anyone could hold such an opinion,it is the acme of chamber works.
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