Hummel & Dussek & Onslow: Piano Quintets

Hummel & Dussek & Onslow: Piano Quintets
Composer André George Louis Onslow, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Johann Ladislaus Dussek
Artist Nepomuk Fortepiano Quintet:
Riko Fuduka fortepiano
Franc Polman violin
Elisabeth Smalt viola
Jan Insinger violoncello
Pieter Smithuijsen double bass
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 93203
EAN code 5028421932033
Release March 2007

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About this release

Hummel, Onslow and Dussek are all contemporaries of Beethoven (1770 - 1827). All three were not only piano virtuosos, but composers as well.

It is not by chance that the name of the Nepomuk Fortepiano Quintet refers to the composer Hummel. The ensemble consists of piano, 2 violins, viola, cello and double bass. This unusual combination is similar to the one Schubert later used for his Trout Quintet. Since their foundation in 1999 the musicians specialize in performing such music on period instruments.

The three quintets on this CD have a classical form and have a pleasant optimism in common. Extremely clear, sparkling and contagious performances by this Dutch ensemble. This is how this music should sound. A beautiful sonorous recording.

Other information:
- The Dutch classical music magazine ‘Luister’ awarded this CD with the highest grade: 10 out of 10 (March 2007).

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Quintet in E-Flat Minor, Opus 87: I. Allegro e risoluto assai
  2. Quintet in E-Flat Minor, Opus 87: II. Menuetto-Allegro con fuoco
  3. Quintet in E-Flat Minor, Opus 87: III. Largo
  4. Quintet in E-Flat Minor, Opus 87: IV. Allegro agitato
  5. Quintet in F Minor, Opus 41: I. Allegro non troppo
  6. Quintet in F Minor, Opus 41: II. Adagio espressivo non troppo
  7. Quintet in F Minor, Opus 41: III. Finale-Allegretto ma espressivo
  8. Quintet in G Major, Opus 76: I. Largo - Allegro
  9. Quintet in G Major, Opus 76: II. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
  10. Quintet in G Major, Opus 76: III. Romanza: Andantino molto cantabile
  11. Quintet in G Major, Opus 76: IV. Finale “le coup de Vent”