The Music Collection - Hummel, Schubert Piano Quintets, WAV CD rip
Another CD that arrived today from the Chandos sale. The Hummel Quintet is a lovely piece, with a joyous ending, this performance flows nicely and the final movement is vivacious and joyful. The Schubert Trout is a bit more problematic for me, a slightly odd recording, a bit shouty in the mid- range and yet the piano seems a bit lost in the mix. Perhaps because of this the performance seems a bit flat as well, lacking some of the joie de vivre of the music. Not to say it’s unenjoyable, it would take special effort to make the Trout anything but lovely, but a slightly disappointing version.
(This sounded a bit like some of the comments about the 2.6 firmware upgrade from those who found it had a negative impact on their systems, so I wondered if this was me hearing the same issues (on a Nova). A quick Google found a Gramophone review and one from an Irish paper, both criticised the acoustic/instrument tone and the performance, so I don’t think it’s the Nova. Indeed I think they were a bit harsh on the Hummel.)