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Schubert: "Trout" Quintet; Hummel: Piano Quintet Op 87 / Gaugué, Logerot, Trio Wanderer


Release Date: 09/09/2008 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 501792   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz SchubertJohann Nepomuk Hummel
Performer:  Christophe GauguéStéphane LogerotJean-Marc Phillips-VarjabédianRaphaël Pidoux,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wanderer Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Hummel’s powerful quintet adds to the appeal of this recommendable "Trout"

We expect technical finesse and a thoughtful interpretive approach from the Wanderer Trio; these attributes are shared by the two ‘extras’, and together they make up a notably well integrated quintet. This is a finely controlled, highly polished performance of the Trout, and the recorded sound is excellent, too. It’s a treat to be so clearly aware of the double bass’s contribution to the texture and rhythm, without feeling that the internal balance is at all unnatural. These players don’t put a foot wrong; they negotiate all the awkward corners – between Scherzo and Trio and back again, for instance – with great confidence and
Read more conviction; they use Schubert’s dynamics and accents to characterise and enliven the musical expression, most notably in the finale, and they find the most appropriate bright, sparkling sonorities for this most carefree of Schubert’s chamber works.

The degree of control and organisation does perhaps leave little room for the individuality and spontaneity that makes the 1957 Curzon/ Vienna Octet recording, or the more recent version with Brendel and Zehetmair, so life-enhancing. But this would still be high on my Trout list, and the CD’s appeal is increased by the Hummel, a powerfully dramatic work, played with terrific energy and imagination. Vincent Coq relishes Hummel’s beautiful cantabile writing, half way between Mozart and Chopin, and Christophe Gaugué makes the most of some memorable, melancholy viola solos. Altogether, the performance is most impressive in the way that its verve is matched with such a strong sense of integration and balance.

-- Duncan Druce, Gramophone [9/2003]
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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
Performer:  Christophe Gaugué (Viola), Stéphane Logerot (Double Bass), Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian (Violin),
Raphaël Pidoux (Cello), Vincent Coq (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wanderer Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 36 Minutes 41 Secs. 
2. Quintet for Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass in E flat major, Op. 87 by Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Performer:  Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian (Violin), Vincent Coq (Piano), Raphaël Pidoux (Cello),
Stéphane Logerot (Double Bass), Christophe Gaugué (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wanderer Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 20 Minutes 4 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

"Trout" Quintet (Schubert): IV. Andantino - Allegretto

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