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The life and music of Franz Schubert, one of the most lyrical composers in musical history, is featured in these two award-winning Christopher Nupen films, The Trout and The Greatest Love and the Greatest Sorrow, each of which has its own distinct character.
The Trout is an exuberant explosion of youthful enjoyment in music: first from Schubert himself, who wrote his famous Trout quintet when he was 22 years old, and then from five young artists of the highest rank. They pick up the spirit of Schubert's music magnificently both in preparation and rehearsal, and in their 1969 performance of the work, which has become one of the most remembered ever given.
The Greatest Love and the Greatest Sorrow is a film which sets out to bring the viewer closer, not to the details of Schubert's life, but to the spirit of what he was trying to express with what he called his creative gift and with which he tried "to brighten up the world". The film begins with the funeral of Beethoven, at which Schubert was a torch-bearer, and the story is told almost entirely in music that Schubert wrote in the twenty months that remained to him after that date, together with the quotations from his letters and diaries and the words that he chose to set in some of his songs.