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Vikram Seth: An Equal Music ()

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Vikram Seth's novel An Equal Music, an elegant classical-music romance, naturally invited the release of an accompanying CD with performances of the music so nicely woven into its story of a pushing-midlife London violinist who encounters a woman, a concert pianist, whom he had loved years before while both were music students in Vienna. Decca's double-CD release ought to extend the emotional satisfaction for lovers of the novel, providing a notably thorough immersion in its musical world. A few pieces are excerpted, but Haydn's Op. 20, No. 6 quartet, Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending, and Schubert's "Trout" Quintet are presented in full. There is also a complete performance of Beethoven's Quintet in C minor, Op. 104, rather creatively presented by both the novel and the disc's marketeers as a lost Beethoven masterpiece. "Includes the world premiere CD recording of Beethoven's String Quintet in C minor," proclaims a sticker attached to the jewel box. True enough, but the work is simply an... Hide synopsis

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