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In this release from Chandos, Susan Alexander-Max plays on a Viennese Johann Fritz fortepiano dating from around 1814 – a bright-toned instrument whose timbre is impeccably caught by the recording engineers. The string players also use period instruments. This disc is doubly blessed: an energetic Schubert ‘Trout’ Quintet, joyous in itself, is coupled with a delightful piece for the same instrumentation: Hummel’s Quintet, Op 87. The influence of Haydn is evident in the first movement, as is that of Beethoven in the Menuet. The Schubert, on original instruments, sounds remarkably raw (contrast the famous Deutsche Grammophon version with Gilels and the Amadeus Quartet). It’s nice to have the exposition repeat, and there is a palpable freshness to the famous variations, which exhibit a terrific sense of rhythm and motion. This is a sunny, wonderfully planned, recorded and executed disc. Unhesitatingly recommended.

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