SCHUBERT Piano Quintet, “Trout.”1 String Quartet in g • Sharon Qrt; Dalia Quiziel (pn);1 Jean Sassen (db)1 • BRILLIANT 93305 (63:43)
The sole blemish on this release is its omission of any information about the performers, who are part of a larger ensemble known as the Amati Chamber Ensemble. According to Brilliant, these recordingsRead more were made in 1996 and 1998. But it may be that this is their first release, at least in the U.S. Issues of Schwann from that period do not cite them. Presumably “bargain” priced, it is certainly worth hearing, both performances commanding attention. This account of the “Trout” recalls the magnificent reading recorded at Marlboro in 1967 featuring Rudolf Serkin and friends: unmannered throughout, forward pressing in outer movements, free of undue distention in the slow movement, with a beautifully shaped account of the “Trout” variations. Moreover, this release gains special distinction with the inclusion of the astonishing Quartet composed by the 18-year-old Schubert, a G-Minor work as intense and precocious as the extraordinary symphony in the same key that Mozart composed at age 17. Its highpoint is a starkly fierce first movement generating tremendous tension and intensity in its motivic reiteration. The Sharon ensemble captures the music’s ethos perfectly. Indeed, the only fault one can find with the recording is the claustrophobic placement of the microphone in the earlier work, a flaw that lends the strings an unpleasant edge absent in the account of the Quintet. Certainly, for anyone seeking a first recording of the latter, this “Trout” is well worth pursuing. And the G-Minor Quartet will surely prove a revelation for those who have never heard it.
ExcellentMarch 20, 2013By david morris (clayton, CA)See All My Reviews""Trout" was always in my top 20 and a contender for my top 10. But after hearing this recording I might put it in the top 5 (after Emperor, Tschaikovsky violin concerto, Pastoral, and New World)"Report Abuse
Schuberts Forellenquintet by the Amati Chamber EnMay 15, 2012By M. Gielen (den Bosch, Noord Brabant)See All My Reviews"There is some very fine playing in this "Trout"quintet The performance is most satisfying. The quartet D173 which Schubert wrote when he was barely 18 years old is performed in a beautiful Youthful manner. On the whole a very fine cd. recommendable"Report Abuse