Schubert & Cramer: Trout Quintet, Piano Quintet

Schubert & Cramer: Trout Quintet, Piano Quintet
Composer Franz Schubert, Johann Baptist Cramer
Artist Nepomuk Fortepiano Quintet
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 93771
EAN code 5028421937717
Release September 2008

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About this release

The Nepomuk Fortepiano Quintet is a period-instrument ensemble dedicated to music composed for the combination of
instruments made famous (but not devised) by Schubert for his ‘Trout’ Quintet: evergreen as that work is, the sublime masterpiece in its genre, it was preceded and followed by a number of other such works by composers including Hummel (after whom the ensemble is named) and Cramer, ‘Glorious John’ Cramer who was so celebrated a fixture of London musical life and its beau-monde in the early decades of the 19th century.

Cramer’s Piano Quintet was composed in 1832, five years after Schubert’s death, and its first performance featured the legendary bassist Domenico Dragonetti. Its grand, urbane manner reflects the surroundings of its composition just as the countryside of Upper Austria does the ‘Trout’ Quintet, which was written in the small town of Steyr, lodging with a local lawyer and
apparently availing himself of the charms of at least some of the eight young ladies also in the house.

Other information:
- Recorded on period instruments.
- Only available recording of the Cramer Detailed booklet notes by the quintet’s violinist, Riko Fukuda.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Piano Quintet in B-Flat Major, Opus 79: I Allegro moderato con spirito
  2. Piano Quintet in B-Flat Major, Opus 79: II Adagio cantabile
  3. Piano Quintet in B-Flat Major, Opus 79: III Rondo: allegro
  4. Trout Quintet in A Major, Opus 114 posth. D. 667: I Allegro vivace
  5. Trout Quintet in A Major, Opus 114 posth. D. 667: II Andante
  6. Trout Quintet in A Major, Opus 114 posth. D. 667: III Scherzo: presto
  7. Trout Quintet in A Major, Opus 114 posth. D. 667: IV Theme with variations: andantino - allegretto
  8. Trout Quintet in A Major, Opus 114 posth. D. 667: V Finale: allegro giusto