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Schubert: String Quintet, D956 [A]

Magazine article Gramophone

Schubert: String Quintet, D956 [A]

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Schubert

String Quintet, D956 [a]. Quartettsatz, D703

Cypress Quartet; [a] Gary Hoffman va

Avie [F] AV2307 (63' * DDD)

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Myriad moods, immoderate demands and 'unplumbed melancholy underlying even his brightest and most vivacious moments' (WJ Turner's description of Mozart could apply to Schubert too). The Cypress Quartet capture the sobriety and vivacity of the Quartettsatz with a lack of constraint not entirely evident in the Quintet. They discern its overall architecture and show no signs of technical strain; but their interpretative stance veers towards a middle ground, tempo in the first movement rather quick for Allegro ma non troppo, emotional temperature low. Contrasts are understated, as they are in the slow movement, laid back in approach and neglecting the importance of infinitesimal shadings of tempo and tone without which monotony sets in.

No group quite captures the mixture of serenity and troubled unrest in this Adagio as do The Lindsays and Douglas Cummings, their pace akin to time suspended. …

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