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Romantic Piano Quintets / Nepomuk Fortepiano Quintet


Release Date: 08/28/2012 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94377   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ferdinand RiesFranz LimmerJohann Nepomuk HummelJan Ladislav Dussek,   ... 
Performer:  Pieter SmithuijsenElisabeth SmaltJan InsingerFranc Polman,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nepomuk Fortepiano Quintet
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This four-disc set provides listeners with a fantastic introduction to the Romantic piano quintet, showcasing lesser-known gems of the genre, alongside a few more recognisable offerings. Performed by the Nepomuk Fortepiano Quintet, who specialise in performing with the more unusual ensemble of piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass, this is a unique and fascinating project.

The collection places the first half of the 19th century in the spotlight, an era that experienced a steady stream of creativity in the area of chamber music. In the opening disc, quintets by Ries and Limmer are explored, works of impressive drama that both feature an ambitious level of virtuoso piano writing. The second disc surveys quintets by
Read more Dussek, Onslow and Hummel, whose elegant and refined style can also be heard in the Op.74 quintet on disc four. In disc three, alongside the English composer Cramer's Quintet in B flat, Schubert's famous 'Trout' quintet is featured, an inventive work, particularly in its approach to harmony. The set is concluded by George Onslow's Op.70.

These beautiful recordings by the Nepomuk Fortepiano Quintet capture the central qualities of the Romantic piano quintet, bringing to life the warm timbres, fluid melodies, challenging virtuosity and growing sense of drama. The ensemble specialise in bringing to life repertoire that has been forgotten in the passage of time -- and, as their premiere performances of the Limmer and Cramer quintets demonstrate, these works are particularly deserving of rediscovery.

Other information:
- This unique collection (the only one in the market!) features a representative selection of Early Romantic Piano Quintets, large scale works in which the piano part is often of a highly virtuoso character, sometimes set off against the string ensemble in such a way as to suggest a hybrid Piano Concerto.
- The best known work is the Trout Quintet by Schubert, but collectors will be pleasantly surprised by the high musical quality of the works by Hummel (a formidable piano virtuoso himself!), Ries (a close friend of Beethoven), Cramer, Limmer, Dussek and Onslow (still a Geheimtipp among music lovers!).
- The Nepomuk Fortepiano Quintet (named after their patron Johann Nepomuk Hummel) play on original instruments, the piano an exceptionally fine period instrument from the famous collection of Edwin Beunk.
- Contains extensive liner notes by the artists.
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Works on This Recording

1. Quintet for Piano and Strings, Op. 74 by Ferdinand Ries
Performer:  Pieter Smithuijsen (Double Bass), Elisabeth Smalt (Viola), Jan Insinger (Cello),
Franc Polman (Violin), Riko Fukuda (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nepomuk Fortepiano Quintet
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 05/2003 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Holland 
Length: 21 Minutes 17 Secs. 
2. Quintet for Piano and Strings in D minor, Op. 13 by Franz Limmer
Performer:  Franc Polman (Violin), Elisabeth Smalt (Viola), Jan Insinger (Cello),
Pieter Smithuijsen (Double Bass), Riko Fukuda (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nepomuk Fortepiano Quintet
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 05/2003 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Holland 
Length: 46 Minutes 7 Secs. 
3. Quintet for Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass in E flat major, Op. 87 by Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Performer:  Elisabeth Smalt (Viola), Riko Fuduka (Fortepiano), Jan Insinger (Cello),
Pieter Smithuijsen (Double Bass), Franc Polman (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nepomuk Fortepiano Quintet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
4. Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, Op. 41/C 172 by Jan Ladislav Dussek
Performer:  Riko Fuduka (Fortepiano), Franc Polman (Violin), Jan Insinger (Cello),
Pieter Smithuijsen (Double Bass), Elisabeth Smalt (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nepomuk Fortepiano Quintet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1799 
5. Quintet for Piano and Strings no 2 in G major, Op. 76 by Georges Onslow
Performer:  Riko Fuduka (Fortepiano), Franc Polman (Violin), Jan Insinger (Cello),
Pieter Smithuijsen (Double Bass), Elisabeth Smalt (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nepomuk Fortepiano Quintet
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1848; France 
6. Quintet for Piano and Strings in A major, D 667/Op. 114 "Trout" by Franz Schubert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nepomuk Fortepiano Quintet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Vienna, Austria 
7. Quintet for Piano and Strings in B flat major, Op 79 by Johann Baptist Cramer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nepomuk Fortepiano Quintet
Period: Classical 

Customer Reviews

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 A Hidden Treasure June 3, 2014 By David S. (Fenelon Falls, ON) See All My Reviews "This delightful collection of piano quintets is a hidden treasure. All the quintets presented are well worth listening to but Gerge Onslow's piece is especially music to my ears. In terms of price these four discs are a bargain as well." Report Abuse
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