Schubert: Die Forelle

Schubert: Die Forelle

by Moritzburg Festival Ensemble
     
 

Here's a novel take on Schubert's well-worn "Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667 (Trout)," the fourth movement of which is a set of variations based on the composer's song "Die Forelle" (The Trout). Despite the contemporary idiom of the new music involved, the program would have fit well into the format of a 19th century musicale, andSee more details below

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Here's a novel take on Schubert's well-worn "Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667 (Trout)," the fourth movement of which is a set of variations based on the composer's song "Die Forelle" (The Trout). Despite the contemporary idiom of the new music involved, the program would have fit well into the format of a 19th century musicale, and specifically into one from Schubert's milieu. Schubert wrote much of his music for a small group of connoisseurs, who might have traded off creative roles in the way the players on this album do. The program apparently originated at the Moritzburg Festival in Germany's Saxony region, but the recording was made in a Berlin studio, and sound is state of the art. The performance of the "Trout Quintet" itself is very fine, with superb ensemble work from the previously unconnected players and a nice, quiet lyrical sense. But the real fun begins after the quintet ends. First the "Trout" melody is reprised, not in its song form but in a version for string trio. Then the players were invited to create their own variations on the tune. They went in completely different directions, and the pure charm of this recording is that what resulted does not seem random but is informed by a sense of collegiality that underlies the entire set of performances. Violist Lars Anders Tomter brings in a folk instrument from his home country, Norway, and transposes the folkish character of "The Trout" to a new setting and to the radically original sonority of the Hardanger fiddle played by Erik Sollid. Pianist Antti Siirala turns to an outside composer, Canadian Matthew Whittall, for a breezy hors d'oeuvre that takes off from the water imagery of the original (which is not really a mixed metaphor as any lover of smoked trout hors d'oeuvres can attest). Most delightful of all is the pairing of violinist Benjamin Schmid and accordionist Stian Carstensen in "Forelle Blue," a new group of variation-like developments on the theme, bringing it into the popular territory of gypsy music, ragtime, and blues and jazz. Not only an enjoyable, well-executed concept, but a model for further chamber music developments.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/09/2011
Label:
Sony Import
UPC:
0886978926227
catalogNumber:
7892622
Rank:
137956

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  1. Die Forelle ("In einem Bächlein helle"), song for voice & piano, D. 550 (Op. 32)  - Franz Schubert  - Jan Vogler  - Antti Siirala  - Janne Saksala
  2. Quintet for piano, violin, viola, cello & double bass in A major ("Trout"), D. 667 (Op. posth. 114)  - Franz Schubert  -  Moritzburg Festival Ensemble

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