Schubert 'Trout' Quintet Essential Recordings

Essential Recordings

Schubert Ensemble of London
Hyperion CDH55427
Making the Hummel connection explicit in warm, closely balanced accounts of both piano quintets.

Adès, Arditti Quartet, Long
EMI/Warner 5576642 (download only)
The left-field choice: a springy, leaping ‘Trout’ coupled with Adès’s own Quintet, a labyrinth of retro-Classical games.

Demus, Irnberger, Ortner, Litschauer, Bürgschwendtner
Gramola GRAM98919
The late, great Viennese pianist Jörg Demus on an authentic Hammerflügel from 1835, in joyful company with native musicians. Gently distant engineering captures the essence of music-making among friends.

Brendel, Zehetmair, Zimmermann, Duven, Riegelbauer
Philips 4460012
A library choice for piano versions on CD: lovingly detailed, equably balanced but conceived on a Romantically grand scale.

Perlman, Zukerman, du Pré, Mehta, Barenboim
Christopher Nupen Films A13CND (DVD)
Unforgettably free-spirited, the ‘celebrity’ recording to outshine them all, for body language as much as music-making.