Schubert String Quintet
"This is music-making of an earlier era - full of character and imbued with the humane values of the pre-jet age." Gramophone
An excellent performance, intense and thrilling, elegant and thought-provoking. Oleg Ledeniov, Musicweb-international.com
I consider Schubert’s String Quintet the greatest chamber music work ever written.
The Brandis-Quartett has a long history of performing the Quintet. There also exists an earlier recording, issued on Decca but I find that the older one is less polished, and its finale never quite takes flight. If I had to choose one word to describe the present performance, it would probably be “warmth”. The music radiates. It is luminous, and this radiation also warms you up. This warmth sometimes seems to be excessive – in places where I personally would prefer a “whiter” presentation. Still, it is a very coherent view.
Oleg Ledeniov, Musicweb-international.com