I'm looking at editions for the Schubert Cello Quintet, and I stumbled across the Kalmus edition at Southwest strings. This is the only edition they have and I was curious if anyone has used their stuff before and what they think about it. Do they have any misprints? Are they urtext? Stuff like that.
I usually use henle, but so far I haven't been able to find a henle edition for the Schubert.
Kalmus a standby that is old enough to be slightly disreputable. But their editions tend to be fairly useful. No idea about the Schubert, specifically.
I always played from the Peters edition.
Kalmus editions tend to have misprints.
I have never played the piece, but I would normally try to use Barenreiter for almost any music I was playing because it is so easily readable and is an urtext (although at least one piece I am playing in that edition has a clear mistake where what are supposed to be 16th notes are 8th notes in the edition). However, I am currently doing the Beethoven opus 18 quartets with my group, and we are using the Peters edition. It is good edition, so I think Andrew has a good point. Peters is probably fine and free on IMSLP.
As far as I know, Kalmus simply reprints from the old mostly public domain editions you can also find on IMSLP. Baerenreiter has an urtext.
It turns out Southwest does have the Henle edition. It was just in the cello section instead of the general music section with the Kalmus edition.
To my mind Henle editions are even easier to read than Bärenreiter (generally speaking) and are more carefully arranged for page turns. But either is reliably top quality and carefully created Urtext. Take whichever you can get most easily.
You can't go wrong with either of them. Both Bärenreiter and Henle have sample pages of many of their editions on their web pages so you could have a look at the details.
Barenreiter all the way...quality of page turns in a performance!
While Albrecht finds the Peters editions hard to read, you can get it off of IMSLP and see what you think about its readability.
Or, if you want something more portable, you can convert to pdf and cut/paste until that is also easy to turn-- on paper, or electronically.
Buri, I scanned in my marked-up Barenreiter parts for violin and viola so I can use it in Forscore when the need to play the work comes up again. :)
Yeah I’m not too concerned with page turns since I play chamber music from my iPad using forScore. I’m mainly concerned about which is the better edition, but it seems like it’s up to interpretation for the most part. Maybe I’ll do Bärenreiter purely because I’ve never tried a Bärenreiter for anything.
Hi, Just to add to the comment above. The role of the editor and the performer, with regards to interpretation, are different. The editor of an edition, like Barenreiter, is to study the sources (manuscript, first edition etc. if they exist) and to produce something that is as close as possible to the composer's intentions. Sometimes there are decisions to be made by the editor due to complications with the source material. But this is different from the performer's act of 'interpretation', which is to present the notes to the public in a meaningful way that is individual to their thoughts about the piece.
@James - is there a particular reason you recommend the Barenreiter edition?
Barenreiter are consistently the best modern editions. Some of their editions are better than others, and some are being updated due to errors, but they are almost always the best choice for an individual piece if they publish it.
@James- Is there a particular reason you don’t use Henle?
The Baerenreiter and the Henle make different textual selection choices in this quintet. The Baerenreiter is theoretically more faithful to what they believed was Schubert's intent. The Henle attempts to be faithful to the original published score, which occurred after Schubert's death. No autograph exists, so either choice can be legit.