2009 release. Stereo/5.1 multichannel hybrid CD/SACD release that can be played on any CD player. The internationally renowned Henschel Quartet celebrated its much-awaited return to the UK in style with a concert at the Wigmore Hall on Wednesday 23 July 2009 with the famous Japanese violist Kazuki Sawa, featuring a recently rediscovered "String Quintet in E flat" by Max Bruch. Lasting around 20 minutes, the quintet was composed in 1918 as a companion to the "String Quintet in A minor," when Bruch was sprightly 80 years of age. It appears never to have been publicly performed; this was therefore the first time an audience has had an opportunity to see this glorious work performed live in concert. The score and parts, copied out by Bruchs's daughter-in-law Gertrude, subsequently vanished only to re-emerge in the hands of a private collector in the 1980s. It was auctioned in 2006 to another private collector and only then became accessible. NEOS now releases this welcome discovery -- accompanied by two Mendelssohn "String Quintets" as a Hybrid SACD celebrating at the same time two more important events: Henschel's 15th birthday, and furthermore the start of an exclusive collaboration with the three siblings -- Christoph & Markus (violins)/Monika (viola) -- and their congenial partner Mathias Beyer-Karlshoj (violoncello). Also featuring Roland Glassl, (viola).