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Schubert: Trout Quintet [DVD] [2002]

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This edition of the Naxos Musical Journey series takes us to the towns and countryside of Schubert's Austria set to the soundtrack of his Trout Quintet, scored for piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass. We begin in the spa town of Baden, renowned for its surrounding vineyards. The crisp picture with colours well defined, of houses with lime green walls, inns painted pink, cobbled streets, no litter and few cars makes it look like a desirable resort. The camera pulls back as the tempo of the music picks up to reveal the vineyards (poppies at the reprise) under leaden skies. The tempo slackens for the second movement set on the Salt Chamber Estate in Spring: buttercups, cow parsley and narcissi flower in the Alpine meadows criss-crossed by streams.

The "Scherzo" brings us to the resort of Steyr, where Schubert conceived the Trout on a walking holiday. The sun, now ablaze, shines brightly on pub signs a-plenty, guilds and craft shops. The fourth movement, "Theme and Variations", introduces the tune of Schubert's song, Die Forelle with an accompanying glimpse of a speckled trout in water so clear it could be drunk. The persistent rhythm of the finale accompanies a puffer train on the Steyr Valley Railway as it runs through woods and pastures. Then, as a coda to the journey, there's a one-movement Notturno accompanying pictures taken at twilight.

On the DVD: Schubert: The Trout Quintet plays without flagging of the separate movements, which are given separately under the "Travel Notes" section. Other extras include a handy biography of the composer and the origins of quintet. The soundtrack has been remastered in Dolby Digital and DTS surround. The music is played with much affection by the Ensemble Villa Musica. --Adrian Edwards

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Schubert - Trout Quintet / Notturno

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic DVD 21 Feb 2004
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This has been among my favorite chamber music pieces for something like 40 years. I used to have a record of the music, and I thought that maybe the DVD would show the performers, but this one shows various scenes from the very area that inspired Schubert to write this lovely music. It is superbly done! I play it over and over again.
5.0 out of 5 stars Bel Canto fan 11 Oct 2011
By P. J. Sole - Published on
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What a delightful surprise. Beautifully played piece which is a favourite of mine. The scenery of Austria gives a pleasant option to watching an orchestra or ensemble playing the music. Only a short DVD but well worth having.
4.0 out of 5 stars Romance in sight 16 Dec 2010
By Erik C. Pihl - Published on
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The music is delightful and moving - as is much of Schubert. The filming is done with a careful eye. Together they form a cohesive whole that is a pleasure for the listener/viewer.
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