Brahms: Piano Quartet No 3 in C minor, Op 60
Bottesini: Gran Duo for Violin and Double Bass
Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major, D667 (“The Trout”)
The Primrose Piano Quartet is named after the great Scottish violist William Primrose.
Brahms was living in the Schumann household when he wrote his C minor Piano Quartet; it contains coded references to Clara Schumann. Giovanni Bottesini is remembered now as a legendary double-bass virtuoso and composer, but he was a highly regarded leading musician in 19th-century Italy, and was invited by Verdi to conduct the premiere of Aida in Cairo. The double bass then features in Schubert’s immortal “Trout” quintet.