Haydn Quartet in F Op.50 No.5
Imogen Holst String Quintet (1982)
Schubert String Quintet in C D.956

Imogen Holst loved the cold winter air in Suffolk: “It’s like having champagne without the hangover”, she said. Her atmospheric String Quintet of 1982 has that same intoxicating clarity, coupled with a very English melancholy – a magical contrast to Haydn’s wit and grace, and a wonderfully poetic counterpart to Schubert’s C major String Quintet: a regular choice on Desert Island Discs (and with good reason, because chamber music doesn’t get much more sublime).