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Schubert: String Quintet, D956 (Arr Prooijen)

Magazine article Gramophone

Schubert: String Quintet, D956 (Arr Prooijen)

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String Quintet, D956 (arr Prooijen)

Amsterdam Sinfonietta Soloists

Channel Classics [F] ([SACD]) CCSSA36215

(53' * DDD/DSD)

Do you want a recording of Schubert's miraculous chamber swansong with a double bass taking the second cello part? That's the first question you have to ask. In fact, the bass player is none other than Rick Stotijn, and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta have proved their brilliance time after time, so purely on its own terms this performance is a bit of a winner. And the ensemble's biography in the booklet makes a slightly convoluted case for the exercise: Dragonetti was the bassist par excellence in those days and prompted George Onslow to provide alternative bass parts for the second cello in his quintets, which Schubert may well have known. So the ensemble commissioned this arrangement from Marijn van Prooijen, himself a bass player.

Stotijn, we are told, plays a small double bass with a high tuning in fourths and a top C string. …

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