Posts tagged ‘Farrenc’

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.

August 17, 2009

Nonets, nonets everywhere

Today has mostly been spent playing mixed nonets. Spohr & Farrenc this morning (but we only really had time for the first two movements of the Farrenc). And then this afternoon I was covering for another bass player who’s not well. And that session was supposed to be the same again, but we switched in the Onslow for the Spohr.

Nothing too hairy in these, thankfully, but the odd corner would repay attention. Again, I’ll try to get some notes together at a later date.