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Franz Schubert: Piano quintet in A major, D 667, „The trout“ / String trio in b flat major, D 581
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano quartet in G minor, K 478
Franz Schubert himself would probably never have come up with the idea of turning his Lied “Die Forelle” into a quintet for piano and string players. That was the idea of a chamber music patron from Steyr who liked to play the cello, loved this particular Lied and suggested that Schubert should compose it for a quintet and include a set of variations. The result was a worldwide hit of chamber music that has fascinated audiences to this day. Markus Schirmer shines on the piano at Helmut List Halle and, at the same time, acts as a mentor for young string players from Austria who inspire him.