The Viennese charm in ths string playing on this CD is famed but by no means disciplined--the approach is sweet, relaxed, a bit careless about ensemble. But the pianist, Clifford Curzon, is something else again. He dominates both the Schubert Trout Quintet and the Dvorak Piano Quintet, and his musicianship, while seemingly relaxed, contains a wealth of maturity. In that sense the performance is a bit of a mismathc: the string players can't keep up with Curzon, despite their gemutlich affability.
Contrary to the capsule reviews below, I wouldn't buy this CD for the Trout Quintet--Curzon's live performance on BBC Legends with the Amadeus Quartet is musically superior. My attention was caught by the Dvorak, where Curzon's lovely phrasing and continuous insight are simply beautiful. So, not exactly half a loaf--let's say three-quarters.