In the summer of 1819, Franz Schubert stayed in the Austrian town of Steyr where he began work on the composition of the five-movement Piano Quintet in A major, op. 114 (D 667) which was commissioned by the cellist Sylvester Paumgartner. The work was completed in the autumn and soon achieved great popularity under the name of Trout Quintet, which it owes to the Andantino fourth movement a set of variations on the song of the same name.
The work has remained highly popular right up to the present day and so it comes as no surprise to find this highly praised recording, made with such renowned artists as the pianist Clifford Curzon, the violinist Willi Boskovsky and other members of the Vienna Octet, being released once again. The ensemble's refreshing performance reflects the sparkling lightness and virtuosity of the work. The well-balanced recording with its full tone certainly deserves a place in every music lovers collection.
This performance has been much admired by critics since its arrival nearly 30 years ago. An English pianist and Viennese chamber ensemble make the most of Schubert's melodies and rapid changes of harmonic color. The sound quality of the record is like having the musicians in for an evening of music.
180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
High Quality Pressing
Pure Analogue Audiophile Mastering
Clifford Curzon, piano
Willi Boskovsky, violin
Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828) Piano Quintet in A Major
1. Allegro vivace
4. Theme and Varation
5. Allegro giusto