Sunday, January 08, 2012

Sunday Classics: At 22, Schubert knew just where he was aiming in the irresistible "Trout" Quintet


This is the first half of the third-season opener, "The Funeral," of the great Britcom Waiting for God, which used a sensational performance of the finale of the Trout Quintet by the Nash Ensemble for its theme music. (You can find the conclusion of "The Funeral" here.)

by Ken

I should probably be thinking of a way to "sell" this post, which -- as I assume you figured from Friday night's preview -- simply deals, one movement at a time, with one of the best-loved pieces of music ever written, Schubert's Trout Quintet. Well, as you'll see if you click through, there's a bit more to it than that.

Unfortunately, I have no brilliant promotional jabber to offer, so let's just listen once again to the song version of "The Trout" and then get down to work.

Tenor Robert Bullington sings Schubert's song "Die Forelle" ("The Trout"), accompanied by pianist Kristin Ditlow.

Well, maybe one last note before we get to work. If you click through, you'll find that there's a pile of, um, stuff there. In case it isn't obvious, it isn't necessarily meant to be all absorbed in a single gulp -- though I'd like to think you can if you want to. But you can pick and choose, dip in and out, skip ahead and/or go back, all at will. You can go straight to the music if you like. I'd like to think you might have reason to want to return to the post in the future.



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