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Schubert: Quintette A Deux Violoncelles / Anne Gastinel, Quatuor Diotima

Schubert / Gastinel / Quatuor Diotima
Release Date: 11/19/2013 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 5331    Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Anne Gastinel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quatuor Diotima
Number of Discs: 1 
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SCHUBERT String Quintet in C, D 956 Quatuor Diotima; Anne Gastinel (vc) NAÏVE 5331 (57:00)


Presumably named after the female figure who advises Socrates on the identity of truth and beauty in The Symposium , the Diotima Quartet has specialized in recent music. Anne Gastinel, on the other hand, has made celebrated recordings of the Bach Cello Suites and of other standards in the cello repertoire. They unite here to make a Read more marvelous Schubert recording, one whose warmth, zest, lack of affectation, and interpretive depth make it a joy from the mysterious swellings of the opening bars to the pert rhythms of the Finale. There is not an eccentric moment here; nor is there a dull moment in this long chamber work, whose first movement (with repeats) runs to around 20 minutes. The playing is substantial and yet elegant, and the recorded sound is excellent: One hears or feels the cello centered, but perhaps a few feet behind the first violin. I’ve long listened to the quintet with Pablo Casals and Paul Tortelier (Anne Gastinel’s teacher) that is on Sony Classical, and the recording with Rostropovich and the Melos Quartet. I think this recording belongs beside those. It is an instant favorite.


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Works on This Recording

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Quintet for Strings in C major, Op. 163/D 956 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Anne Gastinel (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quatuor Diotima
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

String Quintet in C Major, Op. 163, D. 956: I. Allegro ma non troppo
String Quintet in C Major, Op. 163, D. 956: II. Adagio
String Quintet in C Major, Op. 163, D. 956: III. Scherzo: Presto
String Quintet in C Major, Op. 163, D. 956: IV. Allegretto

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