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Schubert: Trout Quintet, 7 Lieder / Lubin, Ainsley


Release Date: 03/25/2010 
Label:  L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog #: 433848   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Steven LubinJohn Mark Ainsley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music Chamber Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

The authentic Trout is hardly a novelty these days; another fine performance appeared only last year, from the British group Hausmusik. Latest to join a trend established long ago by Jörg Demus and members of Collegium Aureum, are Steven Lubin and the Academy of Ancient Music Chamber Ensemble. Not long ago, the quest for authenticity in this repertoire would have seemed irksome, even laughable. Now that period performance has finally come of age, there’s little here to offend even the most hardened armchair sceptic. This is a performance to meet every need, whether scholarly or purely self-indulgent!

Steven Lubin’s fortepiano (after Conrad Graf of Vienna, c.1824) sounds superb, and accords perfectly with the string
Read more group, all of whom employ the expected gut strings. Vibrato is minimal, but despite modern predilections, the innocent ear soon adjusts to leaner textures and lower pitch. Questions of phrasing, articulation and tempo have been reappraised, but don’t be fooled into thinking that there’s anything remotely pedantic or joyless about this playing. Speeds are consistently fast; Schubert’s Andante marking for the slow movement is taken at face value, while the bucolic Scherzo romps along splendidly. To complete the disc, the tenor John Mark Ainsley joins Steven Lubin in seven familiar lieder, all of which predate the quintet, but share its watery connotation. ‘Die Forelle’ (The Trout) is an inspired if obvious choice, whilst ‘Der Schiffer’ (The Boatman) typifies the excellence of these performances. A delectable issue, but one would have expected no less from L’Oiseau-Lyre.
Performance: 5 (out of 5); Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Michael Jameson, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Quintet for Piano and Strings in A major, D 667/Op. 114 "Trout" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Steven Lubin (Fortepiano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music Chamber Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Vienna, Austria 
2. Am Strome, D 539/Op. 8 no 4 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Lubin (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
3. Auf dem See, D 543 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Steven Lubin (Fortepiano), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
4. Erlafsee, D 586/Op. 8 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Lubin (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
5. An eine Quelle, D 530/Op. 109 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Lubin (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
6. Der Jüngling am Bache, D 192 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Lubin (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
7. Der Schiffer, D 536 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Lubin (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
8. Die Forelle, D 550 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Steven Lubin (Fortepiano), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Piano Quintet in A, D.667 - "The Trout": 1. Allegro vivace
Piano Quintet in A, D.667 - "The Trout": 2. Andante
Piano Quintet in A, D.667 - "The Trout": 3. Scherzo (Presto)
Piano Quintet in A, D.667 - "The Trout": 4. Thema - Andantino - Variazioni I-V - Allegretto
Piano Quintet in A, D.667 - "The Trout": 5. Finale (Allegro giusto)
Die Forelle, D.550 (Op.32)
Am Strome, D 539
Auf dem See, D. 543
Erlafsee, D586
An eine Quelle, D. 530
Der Jüngling am Bache, D. 192
Der Schiffer, D.536

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