String Quintet in C major D.956
Franz Schubert


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The second highest of Schubert's 7 entries in the Ultimate Hall of Fame. This was at its highest in the first Hall of Fame at number 56 but it dropped to its lowest ever position of number 228 in the most recent countdown.

Within a couple of months, of writing his String Quintet in C Major, Schubert was dead, so this work was posthumously published. As his entreaty revealed, Schubert had tinkered with the standard setting of a string quintet to include an extra cello. The addition of another cello along wit some of Schubert's most profound and restrained writing and it was a recipe for a sure-fire hit.

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