The Trout Quintet
Hear the 22-year-old Schubert in convivial form in this effervescent quintet for piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass.
Christian Tetzlaff, Antoine Tamestit, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Alois Posch and Martin Helmchen
PentaTone PTC 5186 334
Die Schöne Müllerin
As with ‘The Trout’, Schubert cleverly uses the piano here to portray the effect of rippling water. But this song cycle is all about the frustrations of unrequited love.
Fritz Wunderlich (tenor), Hubert Giesen (piano)
DG 447 4522
A bleak journey for voice and piano, as this song cycle leads us through the brilliantly observed emotions of a spurned lover making his way through the winter landscape towards a life of loneliness.
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), Gerald Moore (piano)
EMI 567 9272
Symphony No. 9
Nicknamed ‘The Great C major’, this innovative, uplifting work sounds years ahead of its time and gives a starring role to the brass.
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Piano Sonata D960
The last and greatest of Schubert’s 21 piano sonatas, D960’s sombre – but extraordinarily moving – Andante second movement shows us a terminally ill composer looking directly into the abyss.
Paul Lewis (piano)
Harmonia Mundi HMC901800
Freya Parr is BBC Music Magazine's Digital Editor and Staff Writer. She has also written for titles including the Guardian, Circus Journal, Frankie and Suitcase Magazine, and runs The Noiseletter, a fortnightly arts and culture publication. Freya's main areas of interest and research lie in 20th-century and contemporary music.