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SCHUBERT Quintet in A, D 667, “Trout.” Notturno, D 897 • Wolfgang Sawallisch (pn); Jan Pospichal (vn); Wolfgang Klos (va); Wilfried Rehm (vc); Ernst Weissensteiner (db) • PROFIL PH 04082 (50:41)
These performances were recorded in Vienna in 1997 by Calig Classics. The disc may therefore be a reissue, but in any case, the sound is entirely up to the current state of the stereo art. The venerable conductor and pianist, Wolfgang Sawallisch, is in perfect command of his instrument; indeed, this is an ensemble performance in which the pianist is first among equals. The playing is excellent by all concerned, and the style is warmly Viennese. In case anyone reading this does not know the “Trout” Quintet, be assured that it deserves
its enormous popularity. Ingeniously scored, melodious, inventive, and expressive, it could offend only the most hard-bitten anti-Romantic. Calig/Profil and their artists have chosen as a bonus the nine-minute Adagio in E flat for Piano, Violin, and Cello, D 897, that Anton Diabelli, publishing it after Schubert’s death, entitled Notturno. Normally it turns up on discs devoted to one or another of Schubert’s great piano trios, but should be welcome anywhere. It has one of the composer’s most haunting melodies.
-- Robert McColley, Fanfare
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