Genius loves company, and when you add a piano to a string quartet, it opens up a new dimension. Schubert’s delightful teenage string quartet raises the curtain, before the Coull Quartet are joined by pianist Richard Markham for Shostakovich’s big, bold, no-holds-barred Piano Quintet, written on the eve of the Second World War.
And then Robert Schumann tells a very different tale. Schumann was a man in love: his Piano Quintet is so ardent that it almost trips over itself! Love songs, whispered secrets, and pure, headlong happiness – it’s as enjoyable to play as it is to listen to, and Markham and the Coulls will live every note.
Schubert Quartet in E flat D87
Shostakovich Piano Quintet in G minor Op.57
Schumann Piano Quintet in E flat Op.44