Recorded: (#1-5) September 1975, Concert Hall, Turku, Finland; (#6-9) April 1959, Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany.
In the last few years before he died of syphilis at the age of 31, Franz Schubert experienced one of the most prolific periods of creative genius humankind has ever seen. This quartet is one of the fruits of that period. In the first movement, Schubert develops a simple descending-scale motif into an intense outpouring of grief. The quartet takes its name from the theme of the second movement, a song which Schubert wrote when he was twenty. In its quartet incarnation, Schubert takes the simple melody through a whole range of moods, building to an impassioned frenzy and then relaxing.
Robert Cowan, Gramophone:
An early stereo recording that, in terms of instrumental placing, has an almost monaural sound image, features the Amadeus's Quartet in a highly dramatic 1959 account of Schubert's Death and the Maiden Quartet. DG's latest transfer is excellent and comes coupled with a stylish Trout Quintet where members of the Amadeus are joined by Emil Gilels and double-bassist Rainer Zepperitz.
Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
Piano Quintet In A, D.667 "The Trout"
1. 1. Allegro vivace 13:37
2. 2. Andante 07:18
3. 3. Scherzo (Presto) 04:02
4. 4. Thema - Andantino - Variazioni I-V - Allegretto 07:59
5. 5. Finale (Allegro giusto) 06:31
String Quartet No.14 In D Minor, D.810"Death And The Maiden"
6. 1. Allegro 11:32
7. 2. Andante con moto 14:26
8. 3. Scherzo (Allegro molto) 03:50
9. 4. Presto 09:21
Emil Gilels, piano (#1-5)