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Schubert String Quintet in C


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String Quintet in C Major, D 956 opus 163 - Allegro ma non troppo
String Quintet in C Major, D 956 opus 163 - Adagio
String Quintet in C Major, D 956 opus 163 - Scherzo (Presto)
String Quintet in C Major, D 956 opus 163 - Allegretto


The String Quintet in C Major, together with the String Quartet in G Major (D887), the ‘Great’ Symphony in C Major (D944), and the Piano Sonatas in A Major (D959) and B flat Major (D960), represents the climax of Schubert’s instrumental oeuvre. At the same time, the quintet is one of the most remarkable compositions in the entire repertoire of Romantic chamber music. The C Major String Quintet is one of those musical enigmas whose mystery is only deepened by repeated hearings. What inspired Schubert to compose such remarkably beautiful music, and why did no one notice it until the quintet was published in 1853, 25 years after the composer’s death? Our first impulse is to put a dramatic or tragic interpretation on this sequence of events, all the more because Schubert composed the quintet only a few months before his death….

Additional information



Recording date

June 1994

Mastering equiment

Sony digital Editor 3000

Mastering engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Mixing console

Rens Heijnis Custom made


Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps

Recording format

PCM 44.1

Analog to digital converter


Recording location

Dutch Reformed Church Kortenhoef, The Netherlands



Bert van der Wolf

Recording engineer

Bert van der Wolf


Ted Diehl







Digital to analog converter


Press reviews


(…) Die Akustik ist von anspringender Direktheit, ohne dabei aufdringlich oder unnatürlich zu wirken (…) (…) Ihre Tempi sind in allen vier Sätzen ausgesprochen sportiv. (…)

In Tune

(…) the result is a dream team of Olympian stature.(…) (…) the sense of warmth anf graciousness is exceptional (…) It is quite simply the premiere quality perfomance available. You can throw out everything else.

Interpretazione: Ottima CD Classica

(…) non è facile sfuggire al banale, ma l’Orpheus e Wispelwey ci riescono, raggiungendo dei culmini di tensione emotiva particolarmente felici. (…)

Hifi Vision

(…) Eine großartige Aufnahme.

The Nutcracker

(…) While I would liked a sweeter violin tone, the Orpheus plays with unanimity and depth, and P.W. again shows why he is one of the finest young musicians in Europe.

CD review

(…) incomparable performance (…) (…) and the marvellously relaxed finale has just the right amount of lift in the Hungarian rhythms.

Le Quotidien du Medecin

(…) L’équilibre d’ensemble et la sonorité sont parfaits. Un grand moment.


(…) La perfection individuelle s’y harmonise miraculausement avec une conception magnifiquement unitaire de l’oeuvre. (…)

CD Review

(…) When it comes to the great Schubert Quintet, many are called but few are chosen. Knowing the work of the Orpheus Quartet, I approached this recording with keen anticipation and wasn’t disappointed. (…)


(…) Het Orpheus Quartet bereikt met cellist Pieter Wispelwey een heerlijk ademende eenheid in het strijkkwintet (…)


(…) Het ‘Strijkkwartet’ krijgt een bijzonder contrastrijke en energiek-vitale uitvoering met veel onverwachte fraseringen en dramatische accenten.


(…) Frivool speelplezier en verinnerlijkte intensiteit worden door de vertolkers feilloos aangevoeld. (…)

Diapason D’Or

(…) une merveilleuse communion de sensibilités (…)


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