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Schubert: Trout Quintet, Death & The Maiden / Levine, Hagen Quartet


Release Date: 09/23/2008 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 471740   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hagen String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Levine and members of the VPO give a lively, expert performance of the Trout... The string players have an echt-Viennese warmth of tone and shape the music affectionately... The Hagen’s Death and the Maiden...is spellbinding: a dark, lean-toned, muscular reading that penetrates to the music’s anguished heart. The high-voltage opening movement builds to a terrifying climax. The Andante variations, opening in blanched, spectral tones, have a magnificent cumulative intensity; and the tarantella finale receives one of the fastest and most desperate performances on disc – a true dance of death. A top recommendation, up there with the Lindsays (ASV) and the Alban Berg Quartet (EMI).

-- Richard Wigmore, BBC Music Magazine
Levine and members of the VPO give a lively, expert performance of the Trout... The string players have an echt-Viennese warmth of tone and shape the music affectionately... The Hagen’s Death and the Maiden...is spellbinding: a dark, lean-toned, muscular reading that penetrates to the music’s anguished heart. The high-voltage opening movement builds to a terrifying climax. The Andante variations, opening in blanched, spectral tones, have a magnificent cumulative intensity; and the tarantella finale receives one of the fastest and most desperate performances on disc – a true dance of death. A top recommendation, up there with the Lindsays (ASV) and the Alban Berg Quartet (EMI).

-- Richard Wigmore, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Quintet for Piano and Strings in A major, D 667/Op. 114 "Trout" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  James Levine (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hagen String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Vienna, Austria 
2. Quartet for Strings no 14 in D minor, D 810 "Death and the Maiden" by Franz Schubert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hagen String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 

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