Classics Explained - An Introduction To Schubert: "Trout" Quintet

Release Date: 1/21/2003
Label: Naxos
Catalog Number: 8558075-76
Orchestra/Ensemble: Kodály String Quartet
Number of Discs: 2

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
This CD set includes a commentary and analysis of this work, written and narrated by Jeremy Siepmann.

Review:

As Jeremy Siepmann proclaims, "Of all the great composers, Schubert was the most convivial and the most careless … inspired melody, coloured by hardly less inspired harmony, flowed from his pen as naturally as rivers flow into the sea." Yet this in-depth study of Schubert’s "Trout" Piano Quintet, surely proves the lie to the hoary old legend about Schubert rattling off compositions (admittedly smaller-scale compositions, especially songs, although the principle still holds true) on the backs of menus in coffee houses. Siepmann, in a 126-example, two-hour+ detailed analysis, shows just how much skill and sophistication went into what he describes as one of the "ultimate feel-good pieces"; a work that "as an anti-depressant...has few rivals".

The booklet commences with an introductory section sketching in the composer and the work. It covers the historical background including a description of Vienna in Schubert’s time, a biographical sketch of Schubert and ‘The Place and Importance of the "Trout" Quintet in Schubert’s output.’ The Analysis section has the spoken text of the analysis (very useful for detailed leisurely study), plus a structural overview and a detailed 13-page section on interpretation of the Quintet. If all this was not enough, this generous publication concludes with nearly forty pages devoted to the ‘Art of the Listener’ comprising: ‘Ways of Listening’, ‘What Music Is’, ‘What Music Is Not: Music and Snobbery’, ‘A Brief Guide to the Composer’s Tools’ , ‘The Basic Forms of Music’ and a ‘Glossary’.

Siepmann’s absorbing in-depth narration is delivered with humour and the lightest of touches, including, seamlessly, easy-to-grasp and vividly graphic explanations of technical terms. The performance of the Quintet is very good.

- Ian Lace, MusicWeb International
Works on This Recording
1. Quintet for Piano and Strings in A major, D 667/Op. 114 "Trout" by Franz Schubert
Performer: István Tóth (Double Bass), Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Kodály String Quartet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1819 ; Vienna, Austria
2. Quintet for Piano and Strings in A major, D 667/Op. 114 "Trout": Excerpt(s) by Franz Schubert
Performer: István Tóth (Double Bass), Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Kodály String Quartet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1819 ; Vienna, Austria
3. Die Forelle, D 550 by Franz Schubert
Period: Romantic
Written: 1817 ; Vienna, Austria
4. Carnival of the animals: no 11, Pianists by Camille Saint-Saëns
Period: Romantic
Written: 1886 ; France
5. Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21: 4th movement, Adagio-Allegro molto e vivace by Ludwig van Beethoven
Period: Classical
Written: 1800 ; Vienna, Austria
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