Schubert String Quartets and Quintet
"The Brandis's performance of the String Quintet is distinguished by beautiful textural balance, illuminating Schubert's structurally inventive instrumentation. Its stirring intensity in the Adagio and winning opposition of light and dark shades in the scherzo affirm the composer's triumph in the last movement with particular force."
Nicholas Rast, BBC Music Magazine
"This is a brilliant collection: excellent performances of not only 'The Rosamunde' Quartet , but also of the 'Death and the Maiden' Quartet and the monumental String Quintet in C major, for many Schubert's greatest chamber work. For good measure, there is also the powerful concise Quartettsatz and the broad emotional range of the marvellous String Quartet in G major. The immaculate, ensemble playing of the Brandis Quartett lifts all these performances. There is plenty of attack and forward movement yet there is sensitivity for the more tender lyrical qualities of the music as well as stirring intensity in the darker more dramatic episodes. Every chord is crisp, textures beautifully clear and transparent; and the phrasing is all one would wish for in emotional fulfilment and finesse. An outstanding set." Ian Lace musicweb-international.com
"The Brandis Quartet have warmth and they bring a natural elegance to all these quartets, which are all the more potent for being free of interpretive point-making. In the great C major Quintet, with beautiful matching, they again convey spontaneous expressiveness, and they are not afraid to linger a little over the first movement's lovely second-subject melody. They are very naturally recorded." The Penguin Guide