Chamber Music, Smoked Fish

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To be quite frank, while I’m a fan of every smoked, oily fish, trout may be my favorite, though trout can be wonderful in a variety of additional contexts! Instead of smoked, how about evoked in an art song and morphed into a quintet for strings and piano by Schubert? That’s some delicious trout.

WQXR has dubbed April 2-8 Trout Week! Every day they will feature live chamber music concerts from the Greene Space. Seeing as chamber music is such great stuff, and Trout Week features some of Q2’s favorite groups (JACK quartet! ETHEL! Janus!), we are taking our cue from WQXR and featuring some fabulous chamber music performances this week on the show.

Also! Q2 producer Yuki Numata has just violin-ed her socks off with new music band Alarm Will Sound in Berlin and taken her video camera with her. You can check out some great behind-the-scenes videos on our newly launched Qtube page (see an example below). Ergooooooo, we’ll have some great Alarm Will Sound season highlights thrown around for good measure this week as well.

I love love the intimacy of a concert of chamber music. As a performer, I can really communicate with my fellow players in one of the most intimate and spontaneous contexts, and as an audience member, I feel like I am right there, feeling what the players are experiencing. Nuances feel more personal, somehow. Have you attended a concert of chamber music that has just blown you away? What’s your favorite piece of 20th or 21st century chamber music?