Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)
The Fisher Girl | Das Fishermädchen on the words of Heinrich Heine. No. 10 from the vocal cycle “Swan Song”, D. 957 (1828). Version for mezzo-soprano and string quintet.
Serenade | Ständchen on the words of Ludwig Rellstab. No. 4 from the vocal cycle “Swan Song”, D. 957 (1828). Version for mezzo-soprano and string quintet.
By the Sea | Am Meer on the words of Heinrich Heine. No. 12 from the vocal cycle “Swan Song”, D. 957 (1828). Version for mezzo-soprano and string quintet.
String Quintet in C major D. 956, Op. posth. 163 (1828)
Allegro ma non troppo
Scherzo. Presto – Trio.
Duration is 60 minutes
Performers – the musicAeterna choir and orchestra soloists:
Elena Tokareva, mezzo-soprano
Andrej Roszyk, first violin
Yana Shchegoleva, second violin
Evgeny Shchegolev, viola
Andrey Efimovsky, the first cello
Evgeny Rumyantsev, second cello
Franz Schubert wrote the only string quintet in the last year of his life. He chose a very unusual instrumentation adding a second cello to the string quartet, which is why this work is often called the “cello” quintet. For a long time this pinnacle of the chamber-instrumental repertoire of the early Romantic era remained unknown: the quintet was first performed only in 1859, and published in 1853.
Along with the quintet, Schubert worked on the last three piano sonatas and the vocal cycle “Swan Song”. Three songs from the cycle in the version for mezzo-soprano and string quintet with two cellos – including the famous “Serenade” – will be performed as a commentary and foreword to the Quintet in C major.