SCHUBERT Complete chamber music for piano and strings Vol.
Trout Quintet D.667; Notturno D. 667& Piano Quartet D.
(piano) David Lefèvre (violin) Christopher Gaugué (viola) Guillaume
Paoletti (cello) & Eckhard Rudolph
ZigZag zzt 991201 63'
I have not heard most of the 50-odd Trouts in the catalogue, but you won't
go far wrong with this one. It is played in an affectionate, relaxed manner;
piano and strings well balanced, and recorded by Louis Couratier in a good
ambience at the Aulnay-sou-Bois music school in Paris, where the pianist
had studied as a small child and now teaches.
There are several bonuses which put it well in the running in the tough CD
market. The Notturno in Eb for trio is a single adagio movement,
probably from 1828, possibly discarded from the Bb trio. This little known
piece is very beautiful, with song-like melody, piano figurations accompanying,
and a more strenuous section in the middle. The quartet is a substantial
adagio and rondo concertante (14 mins), offered to Diabelli in 1829
but not published until 1865.
ZigZag's productions are invariably works of loving care. This one provides
full background information about historical aspects and editions used; lots
of contemporary illustrations and facsimile extracts from the scores; a
fascinating discussion of interpretation by Walter Levin, mentor to the group;
exemplary graphic art and characteristic original paintings by Anne Peultier
- all these together make this a delectable offering.
Peter Grahame Woolf