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Schubert - Piano Trios

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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMC90223334

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 23rd September 2016



‘One glance at Schubert’s trio, and the miserable hustle and bustle of human existence vanishes, the world takes on fresh lustre’, wrote Robert Schumann in 1836 of Schubert’s Piano Trio D898. He was equally admiring of the Viennese
composer’s other great trio, D929, notably its funeral march-like Andante con moto, later to achieve cinematic fame in Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon.

Here three peerless interpreters bring out every nuance of these endlessly fascinating works on their ‘period instruments’, including a splendid copy of an 1827 Viennese fortepiano.


These two tremendous piano trios, of symphonic proportions, are deceptive. The movements begin innocently enough, but then develop searing power and passion. The period instruments here, led by a crystal-clear copy of an 1827 Graf piano with a pinging staccato, thin out the music and lend it a brittle, sharp attack. The funeral march of the E flat Trio Op 100 is especially striking, and there is a heart-stopping moment in the finale where Schubert brings back the funeral music, then twists the ending into the major key.  Nicholas Kenyon
The Observer 2 October 2016
It’s the use of period instruments that makes this recording stand out from other excellent accounts of Schubert’s two late piano trios. … There’s plenty of colour, from subtly glassy on-the-bridge effects to a full-on stamping and jangling in the scherzo of Op. 100… A gorgeously sustained account of the Nocturne (D897) completes this set.  Erica Jeal (Chamber Choice)
BBC Music Magazine January 2017

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