‘I’m super excited that ZRI (see under Projects) has begun its follow-up project to the Brahms Quintet: we’ve chosen the similarly Hungarian-influenced C Major String Quintet by Schubert, another monster master work… We expect to launch it later this year… watch this space!’
Schubert: Through the Looking Glass:
Following their ground-breaking Brahms project ZRI present Schubert’s String Quintet in C, reimagined to sound as radical as when it was first written. Bursting with gypsy and Hungarian themes, it is here rescored to include both santouri (cymbalom) and accordion and interleaved with traditional tunes. ZRI stands for ‘Zum Roten Igel’, the name of the major concert venue in Vienna but also of the tavern just behind it where bands played and composers caroused into the night; at one point Schubert even lived next door. His fluid embrace of folk tradition in this much-loved work is brought out in this exciting version in a way that reflects the daring and profound qualities of the piece itself.