Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
The original release of a period instrument version, now ava
Discophage | France | 12/28/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Other than an early recording by the grand-pop' of all chamber ensembles performing on period instruments, the Collegium Aureum, on Deutsche Harmonia Mundi (late 70s), Schubert's Octet had remained (to my knowledge) the exclusive game of modern instrument ensembles. Then within a few years came a spate of recordings on period instruments, starting with the Academy of Ancient Music Chamber Ensemble, recorded in the Fall of 1988 (Schubert: Octet in F Major D803, Oiseau-Lyre). It was closely followed by Jaap Schroeder and the Atlantis Ensemble (Schubert: Octet by the Atlantis Ensemble, Virgin, 1989), Hausmusik (Schubert: Octett, EMI Reflexe 1990, now available on a cheap 5 CD box on Virgin) and then this one by a group spawning from the Aston Magna music festival (Harmonia Mundi, 1991). The series was finally topped off a few years later by L'Archibudelli and Mozzafiato (Schubert: Octet L'Archibudelli & Mozzafiato, Sony, 1995). I refer you to my reviews of all these.
This version by Aston Magna is now available on the cheap "Classical Express" collection, and I have reviewed it at length under that entry, to which I refer you (Schubert: Octet Music from Aston Magna). It is a good version, with many qualities (not least a fine, chamber-music atmosphere) but also some flaws, including a rather shrill and sour tone from leader and 1st fiddler Daniel Stepner, thin cello tone from Myron Lutzke, and some pedestrian to plodding tempos in the 3rd and 5th movements. For these reasons, it must give precedence to the recordings of the Academy of Ancient Music, Hausmusik and L'Archibudelli.