Written in 1842 for piano and string quartet, Op. 44 was Robert Schumann's only piano quintet. He completed it during his '"chamber music year," prior to which he'd composed mainly songs and solo piano works.
Violinist Braunstein is from Tel Aviv
The quintet is arranged in four movements, in the traditional quick-slow-scherzo-quick form.
Elena Bashkirova (piano), Guy Braunstein (violin), Michael Barenboim (violin), Amihai Grosz (viola) and Kyril Zlotnikov (cello) performed the quintet as part of the 2008 Beethovenfest in Bonn.