Movement 1: Allegro moderato
Movement 2: Scherzo: Presto
Movement 3: Andantino
Movement 4: Allegro vivace
The Presto second movement is an exuberant take on the Beethovenian scherzo, full of teasingly irregular phrases, abrupt changes of dynamics and vertiginous leaps for the violin. In the second half Schubert spirits us to remote tonal regions with nonchalant sleight-of-hand. The C major Andantino begins with one of Schubert’s most guileless tunes. But initial impressions are belied by the music’s harmonic adventure, both in the opening section, which quickly drifts to a far-flung D flat major, and in the central episode. After a condensed reprise of the opening (with the tune underpinned by a little rhythmic figure from the central section), the major-minor equivocation of the very last bars is a touching and characteristic Schubertian effect. Opening with a faint reminiscence of the scherzo, the finale is a movement of irresistible verve that combines the melodic generosity of the first movement with the scherzo’s ebullience and tonal caprice.
from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2013