Schubert The "Trout" Quintet
Clifford Curzon, piano
Members of the Vienna Octet
Pressing: ED1 ("Original Recording By")
Comments: Ever since I first became interested in chamber music (when I formed a piano trio with two friends from orchestra during high school), the Trout Quintet has been one of my favorite chamber works. I have a number of different recordings of the work -- mostly digital -- but this one is quite special. The sound is really quite intimate, and you get the feeling that you are in the same room as the performers.
This record has also been praised in the book "Full Frequency Stereophonic Sound": "This performance has been much admired by critics since its arrival nearly 30 years ago. An English pianist and Viennese chamber ensemble make the most of Schubert's melodies and rapid changes of harmonic color. The sound quality of the record is like having the musicians in for an evening of music in your house." Given an 18/20.