Hummel Quintet in E flat, Op 87
Schubert Piano Quintet in A major, D667 (The Trout)
The Frith Piano Quartet was formed in 2000 by pianist Benjamin Frith, violinist Robert Heard, violist Louise Williams and cellist Richard Jenkinson. They have performed the complete piano quartets of Brahms, Dvořák, Fauré and Mozart. They are joined by double bassist John Tattersdill.
Early in July 1819, Schubert left the heat of Vienna for a walking tour of Upper Austria with his friend, the baritone Johann Michael Vogl. In Steyr, a small town in the foothills of the Austrian Alps, Vogl introduced Schubert to Sylvester Paumgartner, a wealthy amateur cellist and admirer of Schubert's music who asked him for a new piece that could be performed at his soirées, and stipulated that the instrumentation be the same as that of Hummel's Grande Quintour, and that it should include a movement based on his favourite song, Schubert's own Die Forelle (‘The Trout’). Schubert completed the work in mid-September of the same year.