Franz Schubert Performed By Amadeus Quartet* ‎– String Quartet In G Major D.887 (OP.161)

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Deutsche Grammophon ‎– SLPM 139 103
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Vinyl, LP
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A1 1 Satz: Allegro Molto Moderato
A2 2 Satz: Andante Un Poco Moto
B1 3 Satz: Scherzo: Allegro Vivace
B2 4 Satz: Allegro Assai

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ctleake

ctleake

March 4, 2014
edited over 3 years ago
Mysteriously DG have never re-mastered this to CD; yet have done so, it seems, with all the recordings around it. Are the tapes lost, damaged, destroyed? They won't say.

I won't claim this to be the greatest recording of all time, and to those connoisseurs whose imagination is indifferent to mono or stereo I dare say the 50s performance is better.

But there was something moving about this performance of 65.

Indeed my young ear could not but be haunted by a passage near the end of the first movement: all is becalmed, then the passage ends in such a sublime moment of longing from Martin Lovett's cello as it climbs above the other instruments, it feels like a transfiguration.

I listen in vain for this unique moment in other recordings of this work by the greats.