Notes & Reviews:
Stephanie Vial writes: "It is curious that only a few Classical string trios survive as celebrated works for today's performers and audiences. These are Beethoven's Op. 9, set of three trios, the two youthful works of Schubert (the first unfinished), and the grand six-movement "Divertimento in E-flat" by Mozart, notably the sole representative from the 18th Century. All are truly masterful works, frequently performed and recorded, but which naturally beg the question "Is this really all there is?" A little research quickly unearthed a whole history of string trios from many of the 18th century's most prolific and eminent composers. Those represented on this CD alone collectively contributed upwards of 200 works exhibiting an extraordinary variety of textures and expressions, as well as astonishing instrumental techniques. The string trio, in the works presented on this recording, is revealed not only as a flexible and exciting genre in its own right, but also as playing an important role in the story of chamber music".