[ Hyperion Helios / CD ]
Release Date: Sunday 1 July 2012
"Firmly recommended" (Gramophone)
Schubert's famous Quintet needs little introduction, and is certainly the most famous work named after a fish. The commission came from Sylvester Paumgartner, wealthy mine-owner by day, amateur cellist by night, who not only suggested Schubert use his song, 'The Trout', for a set of variations, but also requested the unusual line-up of violin, viola, cello, double bass and piano. Unusual, but not unique, since Hummel had set the trend with his effervescent E flat Quintet and Paumgartner intended to feature the two pieces together in one of his regular soirées.
Who better to reunite these two quintets than The Schubert Ensemble of London, long acclaimed in music of this era.
Piano Quintet in E flat Op. 87
Piano Quintet in A major, D667 'The Trout'