Louis Spohr’s Piano Quintet, Op. 130
Ensemble Villa Musica [Thomas Brandis (violin), Nina Martinez (violin), Enrique Santiago (viola), Martin Osterlag (cello), Kalle Randalu (piano)
It’s odd: I generally am not keen on chamber music, and am not too enamoured of solo piano music either. But toss a piano in the middle of a string quartet to create a piano quintet and I’ll happily enjoy it for as long as it plays. I have no idea why! The Louis Spohr quintet is delightful, without being tiresomely overwrought.