Schubert: Late Chamber Music

Schubert: String Quintet / String Quartets in G & d minor
Belcea Quartet / Valentin Erben
EMI Classics 67025 (2 CDs)

Contents:

    Quintet in C, D.956
  1. Allegro ma non troppo
  2. Adagio
  3. Scherzo (Presto) - Trio (Andante sostenuo)
  4. Allegretto

  5. Quartet No. 15 in G, D. 887 (Op. 161)
  6. Allegro molto moderato
  1. Andante un poco moto
  2. Scherzo (Allegro vivace) - Trio (Allegretto)
  3. Allegro assai

  4. Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D. 810 "Der Tod und das Mädchen"
  5. Allegro
  6. Andante con moto
  7. Scherzo (Allegro molto) - Trio
  8. Presto

Performers: Corina Belcea-Fisher (violin), Laura Sameul (violin), Krzyzstof Chorzelski (viola), Antoine Lederlin (cello); Valentin Erben (cello, Quintet)

Playing time: 149'

Recording dates: May & June 2009 (Suffolk); released: 2009

This is some of my favorite music, performed well with great energy, and in quality sound. My only complaint is splitting the G major quartet across two CDs, but some compromise is necessary to fit on two CDs.

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T. M. McComb