ZRI stands for ‘Zum Roten Igel’, the name of the major concert venue in Vienna in Schubert’s time 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, reflecting the daring and profound qualities of the piece itself.
Schubert recognised the height of his own romantic aspirations in the see-saw between virtuoso abandon and deep pathos of gypsy music, and also the alienation and defiance that it represented. The melodies we intersperse with the Schubert come from a wide variety of European traditional music backgrounds: Hungarian pub tunes, Jewish klezmer dances, shepherd melodies from the Carpathian Mountains and an improvised wedding lament. Our performance is an attempt to go through the looking glass to present the iconic String Quintet in the full glory of its radicalism and originality.
released December 17, 2016
Ben Harlan - clarinet
Max Baillie - violin
Matthew Sharp - cello
Jon Banks - accordion
Iris Pissaride - santouri
Recorded and engineered by Oscar Torres at Childwickbury Manor House, May 15 & 16 2016.
Produced by ZRI and Oscar Torres
Mastered by Oscar Torres
Artwork and Design by Dave McKean
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