This is one fish story chamber music fans adore
“(Franz) Schubert’s song about a fish, ‘Die Forelle’ (The Trout), is one of his most beloved and, by extension, this quintet based on that melody holds a lofty place in the chamber music repertoire,” Paul Neubauer said. “It is a unique instrumentation, piano quartet plus bass, and the melody is unforgettable. It’s a joy for artists to play, and, we think, a joy for audience members to hear. It just leaves you feeling good.”
The “Trout Quintet” will be a highlight of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s performance at 8 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. The group will perform as duos and trios in the first half of the concert.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with all four of my colleagues in various settings, and I’m so excited for the five of us to come together to perform the sublime ‘Trout Quintet’ for this CMS tour,” Neubauer said. “Every new combination of players gives us the opportunity to grow as artists.”
The quintet consists of Neubauer, viola; Orion Weiss, piano; Paul Huang, violin; Keith Robinson, cello; and Xavier Robinson, double bass.
“The Schubert ‘Arpeggione Sonata’ is one of my favorite pieces, a must for audience members to hear,” Neubauer said. “It was written for an instrument which is no longer in existence, the arpeggione, a guitar-like string instrument played with a bow but has become a mainstay of the viola repertoire, for which I am extremely grateful.”
Weiss loves the Beethoven variations.
“They are so full of humor, wit and invention,” Weiss said. “The cello was just starting to become an equal companion to other strings at the time it was written, so this is some of the first music featuring the combination of cello and piano.”