||FRANZ SCHUBERT - String Quintet in C major, D.956 - Quartettsatz in C minor, D.703 -
Tokyo String Quartet - David Watkin (2nd Cello) - Hybrid SACD - 093046742768 - Released: November 2011 - Harmonia Mundi 807427|
Over 100 recordings exist of the "Trout" Piano Quintet compared to just around 40 for this String Quintet in C major, D.956 written by
Franz Schubert during the last year of his life and published posthumously. A discrepancy that quite simply baffles me, because in my opinion, the String Quintet
is a far more superior piece of music than the Piano Quintet. It is one of those rare Schubert works that is on par with the chamber music of Beethoven, something that
Schubert had tried to achieve throughout all his life. Mind you it still lacks Beethoven's imagination and development skills, and exhibits Schubert's tendency towards
repetition, but some of the repeated lines and gestures in this piece are simply sublime. Schubert was still young when he died at the age of 31, but this masterpiece shows
a composer mature well beyond his years, with passages in the Adagio movement in particular loaded with profound ambiguity and inner struggle.