One of the most beloved chamber music works for strings and piano, Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet not only demonstrates his genius for melody and lyricism, but also features a distinct combination of instruments: only one violin and the addition of double bass. The robust sound of the lowest of the strings can also be heard in Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue, a piece that deepens the string quartet’s tonal range. Original instrumentation is also attributed to Mozart’s set of piano quartets, the first music written for this combination, which inspired future generations of composers. CMS Co-Artistic Director Wu Han is one of the featured performers.
W.F. Bach Fugue in F minor, arranged for String Trio by Mozart
Mozart Adagio and Fugue in C minor for Strings, K. 546 (1788)
Mozart Quartet in E-flat major for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, K. 493 (1786)
Schubert Quintet in A major for Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass, D. 667, Op. 114, “Trout” (1819)
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