While great music can be gripping, heart-wrenching, and profound, it is just as often exactly what’s needed to entertain, distract, and lift the spirits. In a program almost too pleasant for words, CMS offers musical diversions featuring opera melodies, an homage to an extinct instrument, an astounding display of double-bass virtuosity, and Schubert’s beloved masterpiece, composed for friends, based on a song about a fish.
Beethoven Variations on “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen” from Die Zauberflöte for Cello and Piano, WoO 46 (1801)
Schubert Sonata in A minor for Viola and Piano, D. 821, “Arpeggione” (1824)
BottesiniGran duo concertante for Violin, Double Bass, and Piano (1880)
Schubert Quintet in A major for Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass, D. 667, Op. 114, “Trout” (1819)