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Schubert: Trout Quintet; Mozart: Clarinet Quintet / Pressler, Pieterson

Release Date: 09/23/2003 
Label:  Pentatone   Catalog #: 5186121   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz SchubertWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Samuel RhodesGeorg HörtnagelMenahem PresslerIsidore Cohen,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Beaux Arts Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This selection is a Hybrid Multichannel Super Audio CD. The Stereo Hybrid SACD program can be played on any standard compact disc player. The DSD Surround and Stereo programs require an SACD player for playback.

"The Philips Duo CD and the PentaTone SA-CD make a fascinating comparison. Both offer the delightful 1975 Beaux Arts trio recording of Schubert’s 'Trout' Quintet, with the SA-CD making use of the original (quadraphonic) four-channel tape master to provide convincing added hall ambience for those with a four speaker reproducing set-up. . . . George Pieterson and members of the Grumiaux Quartet deliver an enchanting realisation pf Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet. Here the sound is quite ravishing, wonderfully warm and
Read more glowing, yet with the inner string parts remarkably clear." --Ivan March, Grammophone (July 2004)

“The Schubert and Mozart Quintets were recorded in 1975 and 1974 in the famed warm acoustics of the Concertgebouw. Both are four-channel originals now released for the first time in multi-channel and represent some of the finest, most natural-sounding chamber music I've ever heard via recordings. Instruments are well-placed, appropriate ambient sound recreates the resonant acoustics of the Dutch concert hall. The performances are exemplary in every way.” --Bob Benson, www.classicalcdsreview.com

“PentaTone's RQR series of hybrid SA-CDs has a winner in two of the best Philips chamber recordings from the 1970s. First, Schubert's Piano Quintet in A, D.667, the 'Trout,' features the Beaux Arts Trio with Samuel Rhodes, viola, and Georg Hortnagel, bass. Then, Mozart's Clarinet Quintet, K.581 in the same key has the Arthur Grumiaux Quartet with guest artist George Peterson, clarinet. Chamber music doesn't get any better or more infectious than this pairing of 'hits.'" --Dr. Phil Muse, Classik Reviws (February 2004)

“Both [works] receive superb performances. . . . There are many great performances of this cheerful masterpiece [the 'Trout' Quintet] but this is the equal of any I have heard. . . . The performance of the sublime Quintet is even more remarkable: poised, fluent, beautifully integrated, and soulful.” --Herbert Glass, Fanfare

“Both quintets enjoy repeats of their first-movement expositions. These masterful performances are fine in stereo, and finer still in SACD mode. Very highly recommended.” --Robert McColley, Fanfare

“There have been several hi-res versions of the Mozart Quintet lately; this one is certainly the equal of any of them.” --John Sunier, audiophile audition
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Works on This Recording

Quintet for Piano and Strings in A major, D 667/Op. 114 "Trout" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Samuel Rhodes (Viola), Georg Hörtnagel (Double Bass), Menahem Pressler (Piano),
Isidore Cohen (Violin), Bernard Greenhouse (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Beaux Arts Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Vienna, Austria 
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A major, K 581 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  János Scholz (Cello), George Pieterson (Clarinet), Koji Toyoda (Violin),
Max Lesueur (Viola)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 

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