Schubert by Takacs


  • String Quintet & String Quartet

The Takács Quartet return to Schubert. On this CD they turn to one of the most hauntingly beautiful of all Schubert’s chamber works, the String Quintet—completed six weeks before the composer’s death.

Schubert included a second cello in this work, creating a wonderfully warm sound, a real intimacy. The Takács players are joined by cellist Ralph Kirshbaum in the performance of this music.

Also recorded here is the ‘Quartettsatz’: a fragment—of the highest quality—of a String Quartet in C minor abandoned by the composer.

The selections are:


  • String Quintet in C major, D956

with Ralph Kirshbaum, (cello)

  • String Quartet No. 12 in C minor (fragment), D703 ‘Quartettsatz’

Performed by the Takacs Quartet

The Sunday London Times, 28th October 2012, wrote:

“The recording — wonderfully vivid and “present” … and the quality of the playing and musical insights is superlative…The sonorities the Takacs players and Kirshbaum bring to this great music are quasi-orchestral, but they convey the intimate pages of the score in a manner that is both soul-baring and deeply moving.”

Here is the Schubert String Quartet D.810 “Death and the Maiden” – Takacs Quartet (1998); second movement:


And next, here is Schubert – String Quartet “Rosamunde” D804:


Tags: Takacs Quartet, Schubert, Ralph Kirshbaum, String Quintet

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