String Quintet D. 956 (Op. posth. 163)

Kuijken Quartet

19.9927.49
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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

No language has the words to describe the essence of Schubert’s deepest musical outpourings. Probably the greatest tribute is paid to music of this quality not by talking about it, but by listening to it. Listening, not once, but many times; not with half an ear, but not too analytically either: listening in astonishment and with an open mind. Even so, a bit of commentary can sometimes be helpful, if only to place a work in its context. The environment, in the form of time and space, is always the breeding ground for every work of art. If we say “a tree is known by its fruit”, it is interesting to take a closer look at the tree.
What tree produced a fruit like Schubert?
In the early nineteenth century, when Schubert was growing up and living in Vienna, the personal emotions of a poet (or composer, writer, painter) were of growing importance. At the same time as it was moving towards individual expression, art was still clearly leaning on its strong ‘classical’ foundations, the achievements of the late eighteenth century – but the borders had been shifted, towards monumental stature and towards small-scale intimacy (compare Beethoven’s development of the symphony and the string quartet to the many jewels of art songs written by his contemporaries, with Schubert leading the way). In short, from the waves of this renewal arose what we now know as romantic art, with its diverse range of emotions, now intensified, now held back…

Tracklist

1.
Allegro ma non Troppo
19:49
2.
Adagio
13:01
3.
Scherzo. Presto - Trio. Andante sostenuto
10:20
4.
Allegretto
09:43

Total time: 00:52:53

Additional information

Artists

Mastering Engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Genres

Label

Qualities

Channels

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Original Recording Format

Cables

Siltech

Digital Converters

dCS DSD

Composers

Microphones

Sonodore

Mastering Equipment

Avalon Acoustic

Producer

Bert van der Wolf

Recording Engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Recording location

Galaxy Studios Belgium

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Recording Software

Merging

SKU

CC72647

Release Date June 6, 2015
SKU CC72647

Press reviews

All Music

Widely regarded as Franz Schubert’s greatest chamber work, the String Quintet in C major, D. 956, is a serious test for any group that attempts it. The Kuijken Quartet and first cellist Michel Boulanger recorded it for Challenge Classics at Galaxy Studios in Mol, Belgium, and Northstar Recording’s multichannel reproduction gave them exceptional state-of-the-art sound, so all that’s left to consider is the artistry. Their rich and resonant sound is enhanced by the audiophile recording, so on first hearing the music seems perfectly gorgeous. The Kuijkens maintain a consistent control of tempo and phrasing and the playing is steadily paced and concentrated throughout, so there are no exaggerations to distort the music’s affect. The result is a poised and balanced reading, delivered with great care and sufficient energy, but not overly dramatized. Highly recommended as one of the best recordings of the string quintet to appear in many years. 5-Stars

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