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Discussion: Schubert: String Quintet D.956 - Tokyo String Quartet, David Watkin

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Post by Fugue December 1, 2011 (1 of 14)
I concur with Geohominid's review--this is a wonderful recording. However, I am puzzled as to why the Tokyo SQ seems to be the only artist that Harmonia Mundi issues in SACD format these days. Do they have enough clout to insist on it? I'm certainly grateful that their releases are SACD, but I wish other artists on that label were accorded the same technology!

Post by nucaleena December 1, 2011 (2 of 14)
Harmonia Mundi USA have contunued to release SACDs other than those of the TSQ, the most recent being the Regan Colloquy disc. However, Harmonia Mundi France (the parent company) dropped out of the market a long time ago.

Post by zeus December 3, 2011 (3 of 14)
Fugue said:

However, I am puzzled as to why the Tokyo SQ seems to be the only artist that Harmonia Mundi issues in SACD format these days. Do they have enough clout to insist on it? I'm certainly grateful that their releases are SACD, but I wish other artists on that label were accorded the same technology!

Recent Harmonia Mundi titles are listed here:

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It's too early to add these, but coming early next year:

Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings, Finzi: Dies Natalis by Mark Padmore (tenor), Stephen Bell (horn), Britten Sinfonia, Jaqueline Shave and Benjamin Britten

Arvo Part: Creator Spiritus by Theatre of Voices, Ars Nova Copenhagen, NYYD Quartet, Christopher Bowers-Broadbent (organ) and Paul Hillier

Tune Thy Musicke to Thy Hart by Stile Antico, Thomas Tomkins, Thomas Campion, William Byrd and Thomas Tallis

Post by Fugue December 3, 2011 (4 of 14)
Ahh, I rarely investigate vocal music, so that might explain it. Still, it's odd that they release some titles in that format and not others, much like Chandos.

Post by RWetmore December 3, 2011 (5 of 14)
Fugue said:

I concur with Geohominid's review--this is a wonderful recording.

I recently got this and also concur it a wonderful performance and recording. Highly recommended.

Post by krisjan December 4, 2011 (6 of 14)
I note that Geo's review ignored the elephant in the room - the performance by the Prazak quartet on Praga SACD Schubert: String Quintet, Quartet No. 7 - Prazak Quartet. That one was well-received by several reviewers including me. Not being a huge fan of the Tokyo Qt, I am reluctant to spring for this one. Has anyone heard them both?

Post by current93 December 4, 2011 (7 of 14)
krisjan said:

I note that Geo's review ignored the elephant in the room - the performance by the Prazak quartet on Praga SACD Schubert: String Quintet, Quartet No. 7 - Prazak Quartet. That one was well-received by several reviewers including me. Not being a huge fan of the Tokyo Qt, I am reluctant to spring for this one. Has anyone heard them both?

I've heard them both. The Prazak for me is superior interpretation-wise. The Tokyo has heavy "haunting by death" atmosphere throughout all four movements, the second movement is really "a living corpse", and its slightly slower. Sound-wise both are stunning.

Post by Fugue December 4, 2011 (8 of 14)
current93 said:

I've heard them both. The Prazak for me is superior interpretation-wise. The Tokyo has heavy "haunting by death" atmosphere throughout all four movements, the second movement is really "a living corpse", and its slightly slower. Sound-wise both are stunning.

The Tokyo Qt version has the advantage of being more readily available and multi-channel!

Post by current93 December 4, 2011 (9 of 14)
Yes, I forgot the Prazak's long time unavailability.

Post by krisjan December 4, 2011 (10 of 14)
Thanks current93!

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