Elgar's Piano Quintet In 1918, Elgar suddenly felt a great need to compose chamber music, something he hadn't done in 25 years. He immediately started working on three works: a violin sonata, a string quartet and a piano quintet. He wrote the quintet in Sussex, in a cottage he and his wife had rented, and where he could work quietly. The ghostly beginning of the work would be a musical portrait of a small group of gnarled trees near the house: according to tradition, these would actually be monks performing pagan rituals and being punished for it. Five top musicians Isabelle van Cologne, Quirine Viersen, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Franziska Hölscher and Severin von Eckardstein come together for an evening of romantic, evocative and sometimes monumental music. Each of them has a wealth of experience and musicality, both on the big stage and in the Kleine Zaal.