Frith Piano Quartet

Wed 17 July 2019

with John Tattersdill, double bass

Hummel Quintet in E flat, Op 87
Schubert Piano Quintet in A major, D667 (The Trout)

The Frith Piano Quartet was formed in 2000 by pianist Benjamin Frith, violinist David Le Page, violist Robin Ireland and cellist Richard Jenkinson. They have performed the complete piano quartets of Brahms, Dvorák, Fauré and Mozart. They are joined by double bassist John Tattersdill.

Early in July 1819, Schubert left the heat of Vienna for a walking tour of Upper Austria with his friend, the baritone Johann Michael Vogl. In Steyr, a small town in the foothills of the Austrian Alps, Vogl introduced Schubert to Sylvester Paumgartner, a wealthy amateur cellist and admirer of Schubert’s music, who asked him for a new piece that could be performed at his soirées, and stipulated that the instrumentation be the same as that of Hummel’s Grande Quintour, and that it should include a movement based on his favourite song, Schubert’s own Die Forelle (The Trout). Schubert completed the work in mid-September of the same year.

Programme

Benjamin Frith, piano

David Le Page, violin

Robin Ireland, viola

Richard Jenkinson, cello

with John Tattersdill, double bass

 

Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778-1837): Quintet in E flat major, Op. 87

  1. Allegro e risoluto assai
  2. Minuet and Trio: allegro con fuoco
  3. Largo
  4. Finale: allegro agitato

 

Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Piano Quintet in A major, D667 (The Trout)

  1. Allegro vivace
  2. Andante
  3. Scherzo: Presto
  4. Andantino – Allegretto

5. Allegro giusto