Schubert: String Quintet; Brahms: Clarinet Quintet; Wolf: Italian Serenade


Schubert: String Quintet; Brahms: Clarinet Quintet; Wolf: Italian Serenade
Alan Hacker; Fitzwilliam String Quartet
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4805622
Barcode
00028948056224
Format
2-CD
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SCHUBERT
String Quintet in C major, D.956
Christopher van Kampen, cello

BRAHMS
Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115*
Alan Hacker, clarinet

9 WOLF
Italian Serenade*

Fitzwilliam String Quartet
Christopher Rowland, violin I
Jonathan Sparey, violin II
Alan George, viola
Ioan Davies, cello

*FIRST INTERNATIONAL RELEASE ON CD

Recording information

Recording Producer: Peter Wadland
Balance Engineer: John Dunkerley (Brahms); John Pellowe (Wolf , Schubert)
Recording Locations: Maltings, Snape, UK, July 1979 (Brahms); St. Barnabas, Woodside Park, London, UK, July 1981 (Wolf); Kingsway Hall, London, UK, December 1981 (Schubert)

Reviews

‘This is a thoughtful performance … In the first movement the cellos play that marvellous second subject as Schubert wanted it, pianissimo, resisting the temptation to show off their tone mezzo-forte; and very lovely it sounds. The whole ensemble responds with unusual skill when Schubert asks for a diminuendo when the music is already pp, and that takes some doing. But there is plenty of vigour for contrast.’ (Schubert) Gramophone

‘This is a very sensitive performance of the Brahms in which just about everything seems to go well. The first movement has arguably exactly the right degree of forward pressure without losing any of its reflective beauty; the second catches exactly the right degree of Hungarian style for the passages based on that. In the third movement the wisps of sound are thrown off with exceptional skill. … Overall, this performance is among the very best.’ (Brahms) Gramophone

‘finely paced and beautifully integrated’ (Brahms) Penguin Guide

‘a splendidly lively reading’ (Wolf) Gramophone

‘a sparkling account … well-defined recording’ (Wolf) Penguin Guide ***

‘a reading exceptionally faithful to Schubert’s markings, yet one which with freshness and seeming spontaneity conveys the work’s masterly power and impulse too … The reading overall is deeply thoughtful, never exaggerated in expressiveness, but naturally compelling … The recording is superbly full and atmospheric and has remarkable presence’ (Schubert) Penguin Guide  ***