Tuesday, 6 February 2007

I continue my acquisition of the newer releases in EMI's Great Recordings of the Century series, since the transfers are now seriously excellent, taken from the original masters. Latest purchase is the Busch Quartet in Schubert's Death and the Maiden (1936) and G major quartets (1938). What playing! It is just: right. And I think the last Schubert quartet (G major) is among the greatest music ever written. It's all there: laughter, tears, anger, sorrow, resignation, defiance .. This is now one of my Top Five CDs; probabaly have it buried with me.