Thomas Ades; Franz Schubert

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Thomas Ades; Franz Schubert


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Thomas Ades; Franz Schubert. Piano Quintet; Piano Quintet in A, D667 ("The Trout"). Arditti Quartet; Belcea Quartet; Corin Long; Thomas Ades. EMI Classics5 57664 2, 2005.

Here is an interesting pairing. The young British composer Thomas Ades wrote his one-movement piano quintet for a festival performance by himself and the Arditti Quartet. It is a modernistic piece, constructed out of tonal building blocks which are disassembled and rearranged into a dizzying array of harmonic pieces and rhythmic disjunctions. The overall result is disorienting, though not exactly forbidding--at times it actually brings to mind the work of Carl Stalling, whose scores for animated cartoons were often organized around the similar cutting-and-pasting of straightforward tonal elements. By pairing this work with Schubert's "Trout" quintet, arguably the most well-known and beloved composition in the piano quintet repertoire and one of the most immediately accessible of Schubert's chamber works, Ades seems to be encouraging a reconsideration of both pieces. …

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