ABC Classics presents Schubert’s much-loved ‘Trout’ Quintet, one of the most popular chamber music pieces of all time.
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!
Also included on this disc is the stunning Notturno, also called Adagio, performed by the Seraphim Trio.
Flying Tim Productions
Recorded in the salon at the Melbourne Recital Centre, the disc traces the beginnings of the piano trio genre, through four of Seraphim's favourite works: Mozart's C major trio, Haydn's F Sharp minor Trio, Schubert's celestrial Nocturne and Beethoven's glorious trio in E flat, Opus 1 No. 1. Stripped of the sonotrities of romanticism, the piano trio genre is revealed in its purest form as conversation, arguments, rhetoric.
'Beethoven's op. 1 no. 1 was the first work we studied as a trio,' says the group's pianist, Anna Goldsworthy. 'And is a piece that continues to teach and replenish us, with its irresistible combination of joy and intelligence.'
To accompany her best-selling memoir of the same name, pianist and author Anna Goldsworthy presents a stunning collection of piano works tracing her first steps towards a life in music.
Through music by Debussy, Shostakovich, Chopin and others, Anna takes an affectionate autobiographical journey from childhood piano lessons to her international success as a concert pianist. Coinciding with the US release of the book, the album too captures the hopes, uncertainties and exhilaration of youthful artistic exploration.
Carnival of the Animals
There is no finer introduction to classical music than these iconic works for children, featuring first-rate music for orchestra with an accompanying narration.
ABC Kids celebrities Justine, Jay and Georgie bring their acting skills and great sense of fun to the stories of Babar the Elephant, Sebastian the Fox, Peter and the Wolf, and Nick Enright's Carnival of the Animals.
New recordings from the TSO and ASO bring out all the colour and excitement of this highly characterful and descriptive music. You'll recognise the tunes - relish the opportunity to introduce a new generation of young listeners to this captivating experience!
Classic 100 - The Music of France
ABC Classic FM's annual Classic 100 survey of Australia's favourite music remains the definitive anthology of classic hits, its combination of superb performances and much-loved classics having proved appealing to both classical music experts and novices alike.
This time, ABC Classic FM takes the listener on a journey through the beautiful music of France. Sure to feature all your French favourites, voted by you, this release is a must-have for any admirer of the rich, diverse and at times revolutionary contribution France has added to our musical landscape.
Come with Us
"...the controlled passion and vehement eloquence you expect - and rarely hear - from pianists with many years' more experience."
ABC Classics released 'Come with Us'. The CD comprises music from countries Anna performed in while on world tour in 2004. Highlights include Tan Dun's evocative Eight Memories in Watercolour, Janacek's nostalgic On an Overgrown Path, and Prokofiev's amusing but dark Five Sarcasms.