Schnabel plays Schumann's Piano Quintet
With the Pro Arte Quartet, remastered for finest sound quality
Of all of his chamber music, the Piano Quintet is perhaps the finest, and shows the composer in brilliant, extrovert mood - fluent, melodic and truly captivating. It is also the first Piano Quintet of real greatness - the form was ignored by Beethoven and Haydn, whilst the closest Mozart came to it was in his two piano quartets. The Piano Quintet was also the piece which really established Schumann's name among the great composers.
This 1934 recording brings together some of the finest players of the day; Schnabel displays sheer brilliance at the keyboard, whilst the Pro Arte Quartet, at the peak of their powers, spark off each other to wondrous effect. The interplay between all performers is at once captivating and dazzling, as this newly remastered recording shows perhaps better than ever before.
SCHUMANN Piano Quintet in E-flat major, op. 44
Recorded Abbey Road Studio 3, London, 19 November, 1934
Originally released in 1935 as HMV 78s, DB. 2387-2390
Matrix numbers: 2EA535-IIA, 2EA536-I2EA537-III, 2EA538-II, 2EA539-II, 2EA540-1, 2EA541-I, 2EA542-II
Artur Schnabel, piano
The Pro Arte Quartet:
Alphonse Onnou, violin
Laurent Halleux, violin
Germain Prevost, viola
Robert Maas, cello