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Schubert: Piano Trio Op 100, etc / Kungsbacka Piano Trio

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E flat major, Op. 100, D 929
>Schubert, Franz : Trio for Piano and Strings in B flat major, D 28
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Notes & Reviews:

"The opening to this trio appears to take up the gauntlet thrown down by Beethoven's mature piano trio- but how very different a path Schubert takes. It's easy to sound strenuous at the beginning of this movement and the Beaux Arts Trio (Philips, 7/86) wander dangerously close to that minefield. But it's not a mistake the Kungsbacka Trio make, sounding strong yet never belligerent What is particularly impressive is their confidence and sweep: more extrovert than the soul-searching Florestan Trio, they relish the outgoing E flat major (surely Schubert was inspired by the fact that for Beethoven this was the ultimate heroic key). For the second movement, the Kungsbacka choose their trudging tempo carefully, vividly reminding us that this work dates from the same year as Winterreise. The Florestan by comparison, are almost power-walking, while the Beaux Arts lag behind, exhausted. The remaining movements are similarly impressive: the Minuet/Scherzo hybrid, a tail-chasing canon, is great fun, the Trio stomping but never coarse. Unusually, the Kungsbacka choose the composer's uncut original finale (also offered by the Florestan Trio, as an additional track alongside the shorter version). It's one of those extraordinary Schubert movements that starts unassumingly and yet stretches out to the horizon, seemingly unstoppable. In the hands of the Kungsbacka, there are no longueurs. The Kungsbacka fill out their disc with the early Sonatensatz, D28, a delightful little petit four to complete the feast, elegantly played this is certainly impressive playing, and a bargain at the price." -Gramophone



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>Schubert, Franz : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E flat major, Op. 100, D 929
  • Ensemble: Kungsbacka Piano Trio
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (06/03/2003/06/04/2003)
  • Running Time: 51 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 11/1827

>Schubert, Franz : Trio for Piano and Strings in B flat major, D 28
  • Ensemble: Kungsbacka Piano Trio
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (06/03/2003/06/04/2003)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 07/1812