Superb wartime sound quality and excellent playing by the Strub Quartet
Remastered for finest sound quality
This is a fascinating recording for several reasons. From a technical
point of view it once again shows just how good wartime German recording
technology was - the sound quality from these 78rpm discs is superb.
Secondly it showcases one of the finest quartets of the time. The Strub Quartet (joined here by Emil Seiler) recorded extensively during the late 78rpm era, and a result suffered doubly in the longer term - partly for being on the 'losing side' after the war ended, and partly because of the advent of vinyl in the early 1950's. Max Strub continued as a reknowned soloist, but here we present a rare opportunity to hear one of Germany's finest chamber ensembles at work.
Finally, Bruckner's String Quintet, whilst one of his more recorded chamber works, is still largely unknown - for every recording of this piece you might find 3 recordings of his 9th Symphony, for example. And yet it's a very well-written work, and whilst perhaps not quite in the same league as Brahms' Quintets it covers similar territory in an exemplary fashion.
BRUCKNER String Quintet in F major, WAB 112
Recorded October 1939
Issued as 5 Electrola 78s, D.B.5541-D.B.5545
Max Strub, violin
Hermann Hubl, violin
Hermann Hirschfelder, viola
Hans Münch-Holland, cello
with Emil Seiler, 2nd viola