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    Default Schubert's String Quintet D 956

    Last week, I received my copy of Schubert's String Quintet D 956 featuring the Emerson String Quartet w/ Mstislav Rostropovich on the 2nd cello.

    WOW! Fantastic! I've already listened to it a 1/2 dozen times over the last week.

    It's already jumped ahead of the "Death and The Maiden" string quartet as my favorite work by Schubert

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    Lovely, isn't it? I think it's as good as chamber works get. Although, I have to confess a great admiration for two of Mozart's - K515 and K516.

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    I've got the recording with the Cleveland Quartet w/Yo-Yo Ma. Beautiful piece, no doubt among my favorites.
    You get a frog in your throat, you sound hoarse.

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    I have the Yo Yo Ma recording. Quite something!

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    I've one version by Grumieux & co., and another by Heifetz & co. Both great IMO.

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    I have the Alban Berg with Heinrich Schiff offering.

    Wondering how it compares to the ones mentioned above.


    (Yeah, I know. Holy resurrected threads, Batman!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChamberNut View Post
    Last week, I received my copy of Schubert's String Quintet D 956 featuring the Emerson String Quartet w/ Mstislav Rostropovich on the 2nd cello.

    WOW! Fantastic! I've already listened to it a 1/2 dozen times over the last week.

    It's already jumped ahead of the "Death and The Maiden" string quartet as my favorite work by Schubert
    Excellent choice! I have the exact same recording.

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    its-alive.jpeg

    That reminds me, I do need to get around to hearing the Rostropovich recording. Tying a string on my finger to remember it as we speak.

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    I've just heard the Emerson/Rostropovich. Still, I think my heart belongs to the Lindsays. Their intonation might be a little dodgy in a couple places, but they sure give it all they've got.
    Last edited by Manxfeeder; Feb-15-2019 at 01:50.

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    My two favorites are Schiff/ABQ and the Casals and friends 1952 performance. It took me quite a while to realize that the Heifetz, the first version I owned, was an outlier - without checking, I assume it must be faster than any other recorded performance.

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    super old thread, but yeah, the Emerson/Rostropovich one is my favorite of this great great work. I also like the Casals and I generally rate him as one of my favorite cellists. but I just like the Emerson one better in this case.

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    I have lovely versions of this piece by :
    Stern / Lin
    Prazak Quartet & Coppey

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    ChamberNut, I definitely need to listen to this !

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    Anyone who loves this work should hear the astonishing performance from 1963 by the Taneyev Quartet (favorites of Shostakovich) assisted by Rostropovich.

    Last edited by RICK RIEKERT; Mar-12-2019 at 02:11.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RICK RIEKERT View Post
    Anyone who loves this work should hear the astonishing performance from 1963 by the Taneyev Quartet (favorites of Shostakovich) assisted by Rostropovich.

    This is probably my favorite version as well. It's a real shame that the only CD release is buried in the DG complete Rostropovich box.

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