Having The Trout Quintet and Death and the Maiden on the same recording is a lot like a double feature of The Great Muppet Caper and Schindler's List. The Trout Quintet is one of the most cheerful, rollicking classical pieces ever recorded. Death and the Maiden, not surprisingly, is not. It's an intensely frantic, almost maddening, sorrowful piece (used quite well in the film of the same name, starring Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley; the film was about torture and retribution in Chile after the coup). Still, the recording is top notch. The string section comes through crisply and the piano has a lot of life to it. Plus, and this is something I'm quite fond of, the CD is part of the Sony Essential Classics series, so it's generally reasonably priced (I think I paid $7.99 for this; incidentally, thanks for the birthday-related gift certificate, mom).