Schubert - Piano Trio no.2, Notturno | Channel Classics CCS41719

Schubert - Piano Trio no.2, Notturno

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Label: Channel Classics

Cat No: CCS41719

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 15th November 2019

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About

Some of Franz Schubert’s music – like the Trout Quintet or the Ave Maria – is heard time and again, while other pieces are hardly ever played. Even when the focus is on his chamber music, these extremes are evident. Of all fifteen string quartets, Death and the Maiden is played most, while others are true Cinderellas. The wonderful String Quintet in C major is played fairly frequently, and the two Piano Trios a little less. The present recording features beside opus 100, a great rarity, the Notturno in E flat major, opus post. 148 D897, for violin, cello and piano. Like much other chamber music, this piece was probably first played among Schubert’s friends, or in his home, with the composer at the piano, his brother Ignaz or Ferdinand on the violin and father Schubert on the cello. Among the Schubert family the piece was known as the Adagio in E flat major. The publisher Diabelli fished it out of the composer’s estate in 1844 and issued it under the fantasy name Notturno. Today we know that it was written as second movement for the Piano Trio in E flat major opus 100, but then rejected by the composer himself. In its melodies and modulations Schubert’s pioneering style in the nineteenth century is clearly recognisable.

Hamlet Piano Trio:
- Paolo Giacometti (fortepiano: Conrad Graf, Vienna ca. 1826)
- Candida Thompson (violin)
- Xenia Jankovic (cello)

Period instruments: gut strings and classical bows

Reviews

The excellent British, Serbian-Russian and Dutch-Italian Hamlet piano trio, on period instruments, give the richly inventive finale uncut – all 19 minutes of it – and it’s not a second too long. Occasionally, the 1826 piano’s bass chords sound uncomfortably gruff. Otherwise, all is pleasure.
The Sunday Times 1 March 2020

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