Schubert Piano Quintet "The Trout" LP
Sviatoslav Richter is joined by double bassist Georg Hortnagel and members of The Borodin
Quartet for this recording of Schubert's "The Trout" Piano Quintet.
Sviatoslav Richter is universally acknowledged to be one of the greatest
pianists of the 20th century, renowned for his virtuoso technique and the depth
of his interpretations. Dmitri Shostakovich said about him: "Richter is an
extraordinary phenomenon. The enormity of his talent staggers and enraptures.
All the phenomena of musical art are accessible to him." He trained at the
Moscow Conservatory under Heinrich Neuhaus, who considered Richter "already a
complete artist", who had the ability to build a piece "so that it seemed to
lie before him like an immense landscape, revealed to the eye at a single
The Borodin Quartet was founded in 1945 at the Moscow Conservatoire – the first
cellist a certain Mstislav Rostropovich was replaced after few weeks by Valentin
Berlinsky – was also close to Shostakovich, who personally consulted them on
each of his quartets. The Borodin Quartet, celebrated for penetrating phrase and
warm sound, was Richter favorite chamber music partner.
Georg Hörtnagel is a German double bassist who used to play with Bayerische
Staatsoper during the Georg Solti era. The recording About this Austrian live
recording from June 1980 GRAMOPHONE said: "This is a performance of high
quality. Sviatoslav Richter in particular precisely catches the cheerful mood of
the music and the underlying shadows of which one should sometimes be conscious,
and he plays those simple tunes in octaves so freshly that you’d think he’d only
just discovered their charms."
• Vinyl LP
Sviatoslav Richter, piano
Georg Hörtnagel, double bass
Members of the Borodin Quartet:
Mikhail Kopelman, violin
Dmitri Shebalin, viola
Valentin Berlinksy, cello
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Piano Quintet in A Major "The Trout"
I. Allegro vivace
III. Scherzo: Presto
IV. Theme and variations
V. Finale: Allegro giusto