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Schubert, Hummel: Piano Quintets / Schubert Ensemble London

Schubert / Hummel / Schubert Ensemble Of London
Release Date: 01/10/2012 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55427  
Composer:  Franz SchubertRobert SchumannJohann Nepomuk Hummel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schubert Ensemble of London
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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.
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.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quintet for Piano and Strings in A major, D 667/Op. 114 "Trout" by Franz Schubert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schubert Ensemble of London
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Quintet for Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass in E flat major, Op. 87 by Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schubert Ensemble of London
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 

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