‘Trout’ Quintet from star soloists

Schubert: Trout Quintet

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin), Daniil Trifonov (piano), Roman Patkoló (double bass), Hwayoon Lee (viola), Maximilian Hornung (cello).

Two of Deutsche Grammophon’s super stars, old and new join forces for the first time on this new all Schubert release. Anne-Sophie Mutter (violinist) and Daniil Trifonov (pianist) pair up for Schwanengesang, D957 and Ave Maria, D839 (arranged for violin and piano). For the other works, Notturno in E flat major for piano trio, D897 (Op. post.148) and Piano Quintet in A major, D667 ‘The Trout’, they are joined by some outstanding string playing alumni of the Mutter Foundation.

The album cover from Deutsche Grammophon is not one of their most glorious achievements. We have Anne-Sophie Mutter posing as a mermaid and Roman Patkoló, Hwayoon Lee and Maximilian Hornung pushed into the background which hardly befits the contribution that they make to the main work, The ‘Trout’ quintet.

This intimate and spontaneous sounding recording is the result of a live recording in the Festspielhaus, Baden-Baden in June 2017. There is always a danger of a lack of coherence when players come together for a chamber work and often a performance from a regular chamber ensemble is to be preferred. However that is not the case here and we get a hugely enjoyable performance that will give much pleasure to fans of Anne-Sophie Mutter and Daniil Trifonov as well as lovers of Schubert’s chamber music.

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