The Takacs have won many prizes and are acknowledged as the current leading string quartet in the world. They are joined by Ralph Kirshbaum (cello) in one of the longest and most heartfelt chamber works ever composed (D956) in which Schubert, only 31, close to death bids a moving and troubled farewell. The playing is wonderfully natural and unforced, allowing the music to speak for itself. It is of contrasting moods from turbulence (opening movement and scherzo) to serenity (adagio). It is impossible not to be moved by this outpouring of his soul. The single movement quartet (B703) provides a delightful fill up. Well recorded and recommended.
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