Archive for August 20th, 2009

August 20, 2009

Trout Quintet

At last! The piece I have been waiting for all week. A pleasant romp through Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet. Although I have played this many times, it still has potential to catch me out in places. And it’s remarkably evocative – I find it very hard to play without remembering the times I played it with my grandmother taking the piano part. Music & Memory – I’m sure there’s research potential here.

We coupled this with Mme Farrenc’s second quintet for the same combination (Piano, violin, viola, cello, bass). Like other works of hers that I have sampled, this is eminently playable without too much to worry the bass player.

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August 20, 2009

Beethoven & Berwald Septets

Last night was a the regular Beethoven Septet session, fixed by the boss with his favourite players. Coupled with a very relaxed and calm Beethoven septet, we also did the Berwald. This is one that I have seen before, once or twice, and definitely need to look at properly for there are some trickier passages here & there.

Hmm. I seem to be building up quite a shopping list!