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...

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