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Cellist David Watkin, formerly of the Eroica Quartet, joins the Tokyos in this distinguished reading of Schubert’s 'Quintet in C' - the last and perhaps the most haunting of all his chamber works, in which light and shadow, serenity and drama are presented in constant alternation. The programme also includes the 'Quartettsatz' of 1820 with its fragmentary slow movement.
Franz Schubert: String Quintet, D 956
1. Allegro Ma Non Troppo
3. Scherzo, Trio
Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 12, D 703 'Quartettsatz'
1. Allegro Assai
2. Andante (Fragment)
27th November 2011
“A great deal of care and thought about phrasing, articulation, accents and dynamics has evidently gone into this impressive performance of the quintet...As a result, the essentially driven, haunted character of the work comes out unusually strongly...The Quartettsatz is vividly played, and it’s a bonus to hear the fragmentary andante.”
“Almost all the players who perform here seem stirred enough by the music's pathos and power to rise to the occasion...[to give] an intense, sweeping account of the work. I have no complaints, and for anyone who doesn't want the final degree of penetrating lyricism and anguish which you find in the very finest readings...this may prove an ideal version.”
“The Tokyo String Quartet with David Watkin promise much as they traverse the slow harmonic progression that opens the first movement...They finish as impressively as they begin; but the middle movements arouse reservations...A degree of objectivity throughout weakens the reach to Elysium...The Tokyo stand back, refusing the minatory experience.”
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