Music: Classic&Choice

Schubert: String Quintet in C major (Melos Quartet, Cellist Mstislav Rostropovich; Deutsche Grammophon). This is a near-perfect recording of Schubert's greatest chamber work. The playing and the balance between instruments are all but flaw less; Rostropovich's singing bass line is outstanding, and the gay third movement scherzo is joyous as a Highland fling.

Brahms: Four Serious Songs, Two Songs for Alto and Viola, Eight Lieder (Mezzo Janet Baker, Pianist André Previn; Angel). Set to biblical passages about death, suffering and love, Brahms' late songs have a stately quality that Baker's dark, resonant voice...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!