Thursday 2 July 2019 19:30 £25
Martin Roscoe & members of the allegri quartet
THE TROUT QUINTET D.667 - Franz Schubert
'electrifying soloist' The Guardian
Schubert - String Trio in B flat Major, D581
Mozart - Piano quartet in g minor
Schubert - Trout Quintet
Schubert, inspired by the surroundings of a summer trip in the Austrian Alps, used material from his earlier song Die Forelle (The Trout, D550) as the basis for this Quintet.
Composed in five movements, The Trout is unusual in its scoring: rather than the usual piano quintet line-up of piano and string quartet, the quintet is written for piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass. The resulting transparency of texture and infectious melodies instantly bring to mind the calm serenity of summer mountain air and the 'darting' piano accompaniment in the fourth movement vividly conjures up that wriggling trout!
During his illustrious career, Martin Roscoe has become one of the UK’s most loved and respected pianists. With his extensive repertoire, consummate musicianship and immediate connection with audiences, he is in great demand as a concerto soloist, chamber musician and recitalist.
Martin appears regularly at Wigmore Hall and has long-standing associations with many of the UK’s leading orchestras such as the BBC Philharmonic and BBC Scottish Symphony. A prolific recording artist, Martin has a distinguished discography and is one of the most broadcast pianists on BBC radio.
The Allegri Quartet, in its 65th year, is Britain's oldest chamber group. Founded in 1953 by Eli Goren and William Pleeth it has played a key role in the British musical scene, working with composers such as Benjamin Britten, Michael Tippett, Elizabeth Maconchy, e, James MacMillan, and most recently Alec Roth, resulting in new commissions and recordings.