"Don't be fooled: the period instruments are no gimmick. This is an exquisite rendering of the D956, full of brooding tenderness in the Adagio and of delightful energy in the other movements. It is not as slick or polished as some other recordings (e.g. the Alban Berg Quartet's EMI, which I would also highly recommend), and the recording is crystal clear, i.e. unforgiving. The result may not be to everyone's taste, but I have never heard a more satisfying version of this work. Shame on Sony for letting it lapse from their catalog!"
…An exceptionally interesting chamber music record that allows a dynamic and original young musician to produce himself in very elegant company indeed!
The Wanderers are among the elite piano, violin and cello combinations, and these great works are signature pieces: they take their name from the Schubert song and these pieces are cornerstones of their repertoire (previously available separately)
One of the distinguishing features of Schubert's C major Quintet is its scoring for two cellos instead of the more usual two violas. It seems likely that Boccherini's and Georges Onslow's preference for the second cello influenced Schubert's choice of this instrumentation, whose greater expressiveness and richer sonority are particularly suited to this music.
While as an interpreter he is remembered most readily as an advocate of the piano music of Ludwig van Beethoven, Artur Schnabel's own favorite among the so-called "Great Masters" was Franz Schubert. Largely, Schnabel was able to record his little sips of Schubert in between great heaping gulps of Beethoven, and over a period of eighteen years managed to amass the 5 CDs worth of music that makes up Music and Arts' magnificent Artur Schnabel: The Complete Schubert Recordings. This set is "complete" in the sense that it includes every disc of Schubert that Schnabel made and approved for commercial release.