WITH SPECIAL GUEST ALEXANDRA OSBOURNE
27 Jul '17
This is the perfect catch of two of Schubert’s most popular and enduring works. Perhaps no other piece in the chamber music repertoire has yet to surpass the popularity of Schubert’s Piano Quintet in A major, nicknamed ‘The Trout’. Its wistful melodies, rich and colourful harmonies, coupled with a light and lively character, sit happily alongside Schubert’s Octet in F major. The Octet boasts the largest scale of any chamber work by Schubert (clarinet, bassoon, horn, two violins, viola, cello and double bass). While the piece is heavily based on Beethoven’s Septet in E flat major, Op.20, the melody and beauty that infuse it are quintessentially Schubert, and justify the work’s enduring popularity.