Beethoven: Septet, Op. 20 String Quintet, Op. 29 Sextet, Op. 81b;  Schubert: Octet


Beethoven: Septet, Op. 20 String Quintet, Op. 29 Sextet, Op. 81b; Schubert: Octet
Wiener Oktett
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4802403
Barcode
00028948024032
Format
2-CD
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BEETHOVEN
Septet in E flat major, Op. 20
String Quintet in C major, Op. 29
Sextet in E flat major, Op. 81b

SCHUBERT
Octet in F major, D. 803

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Recording information

Recording Producer: Erik Smith (Beethoven: Septet; Schubert: Octet); James Mallinson (Beethoven: Sextet; Quintet)
Balance Engineers: Gordon Parry (Beethoven: Septet); Tryggvi Tryggvason (Beethoven: Sextet, Quintet); James Brown (Schubert: Octet)
Recording Location: Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria, March 1958 (Schubert: Octet), March 1959 (Beethoven: Septet), October 1969 (Beethoven: Sextet, Quintet)

Reviews

‘highly civilised and agreeable … highly recommendable to listeners prepared to enjoy a view of the work which is leisurely both as to style – without any exaggeration of the quality – and as to finding time and space for a generous allowance of repeat-making” (Schubert) Gramophone

*** “The performance has elegance but also conveys a sparkle and a sense of enjoyment that are thoroughly exhilarating” (Schubert) Penguin Guide to CDs

‘their playing is richly eloquent [in the Beethoven String Quintet] … [the Beethoven Sextet] is impeccably played, unfailingly pleasing … the recordings which are firm and detailed, well-focused and lifelike’ Gramophone