Schumann and Dvorak

Dvorak & Schumann:

  • Piano Quintets

Robert Schumann’s Piano Quintet, composed in the autumn of 1842, was one of the earliest examples of the combination of piano with a string quartet. It instantly became one of Schumann’s most popular works.

Dvorák’s Op.81 Piano Quintet was composed in September 1887. It is one of his most cheerful and melodic works.

Both if these works are recorded on this CD:


  • Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81


  • Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44

Performed by Jonathan Biss (piano), with the Elias String Quartet

The Schumann quintet was composed at a time of majore output of new works for Schumann. He composed his three string quartets Op.41, the Piano Quartet and a set of Fantasy Pieces for piano trio, all in 1842. The piano quintet is a captivating, almost spontaneous work, and is a brilliant example of Schumann’s inspiration from start to finish.

Jonathan Biss is one of the most exciting pianists of the younger generation of pianists, widely regarded for his artistry and deeply felt interpretations.

Formed in 1998 at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, the Elias String Quartet has quickly established itself as an intense and vibrant quartets.

Here is Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor: “Allegro molto e con brio” with Jonathan Biss


And here is Jonathan Biss in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.21



Tags: Jonathan Biss, Schumann, Dvorak, Piano Quintets

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