I have no detailed information about the Hagens but understand they come from Vienna. Andras Schiff has become known this decade for playing Bach on the piano with a quite individual luminous touch; it is well suited to Schubert too. Like Ingrid Haebler (Philips), he seeks to charm in this quintet without dominating the balance or emphasizing his technique... I like the simplicity of Schiff's approach early on in the variations, but in Var. 2 the viola, which has the tune, tends to be eclipsed by the cello... Schiff is alone in making the long repeat in the finale, and his playing is a joy...
-- Gramophone [2/1985, reviewing the original LP release]
I have little to addRead more to what I wrote about this performance in February. It has, I think, a shade more clarity on CD which means that it is very good indeed, and the playing has an irresistible freshness and charm. A photograph of the three members of the Hagen Quartet who are involved here makes them all look about 20 and as charming as their playing.
Quintet for Piano and Strings in A major, D 667/Op. 114 "Trout"by Franz Schubert Performer:
András Schiff (Piano),
Alois Posch (Double Bass),
Lukas Hagen (Violin),
Veronika Hagen (Viola),
Clemens Hagen (Cello)
Hagen String Quartet
Period: Romantic Written: 1819; Vienna, Austria Length: 44 Minutes 0 Secs.
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
A very fresh Trout QuintetAugust 6, 2013By Ron W. (Altrincham, Cheshire)See All My Reviews"Many thanks for the replacement CD. The performance was well worth waiting for! So good to hear Schubert played by musicians who were similar in age to the composer when the work was written. Perhaps this goes far to explain the freshness of this recording."Report Abuse
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