Diapason d’Or award
The Quintet D 956 which, on the second disc, follows [Schwanengesang] D 957 (disc 1), echoes it with an extreme rigour, an urgency, and even a fever, which never compromises the line or the arc of the sound. The Adagio seems to present the same kind of anxious tremor found in Am Meer [No. 12 from Schwanengesang]. Something both sparkling and mineral remains in this rendition, which contrasts sharply with the songlike intimacy of Casals and others, or with the discreet cantabile of the Melos – this interpretation brings to mind much more (generation effect?) the robust power of the Sine Nomine. An exceptional Schubertian “block”.
Roughly translated from French.