Schubert : Complete Trios
Schubert : Complete trios for Piano, Violin and Cello : No. 1 in B flat major op. 99, No. 2 in E flat major op 100, No. 3 in E flat major op. posth. 148
Beaux Arts Trio : Menahem Pressler (piano), Daniel Guilet (violin), Bernard Greenhouse (cello)
Recorded February 1966
Speakers Corner Records : 2 LPs 180 gram
Brand New and Sealed Record
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Franz Schubert (1797-1828) : Complete trios for piano, violin and cello.
The Trio No. 1 in B-flat major for piano, violin, and cello, D. 898, was written in 1827 and finished in 1828, in the last year of his life. It was published in 1836 as Opus 99, eight years after the composer's death. The Trio No. 2 in E-flat major for piano, violin, and cello, D. 929, was one of the last compositions completed by Franz Schubert in November 1827, was published as opus 100 in late 1828.
Anyone who takes an interest in Schubert’s late works will sooner or later come across cliché-like interpretations of his music that have been associated with a foreboding of his early death. Robert Schumann on the other hand was more objective when he looked at the score of Schubert’s two great Piano Trios: he characterised that in E flat major as effectual, masculine and dramatic, and the sister work in B flat major as languishing, feminine and lyrical. Both masterpieces have in common highly varied movements, which must be approached with great insight, a deeply felt sustained lyricism, and a courageous approach as regards the bold themes. That this recording with the Beaux Arts Trio has taken on a benchmark status might well lie in the fact that the three musicians amalgamate romantic fire with analytical aplomb which results in Schubert pure. With their non-stop ebb and flow of melodies, wonderfully indulgent sound colouring and a fiery tour de force through the miraculously winding harmonic paths, the Beaux Arts Trio prove themselves to be among the very best of all Schubert interpreters.
The Beaux Arts Trio having taken their final bow at a concert in Leipzig in September 2009 after 54 years, the time is certainly ripe for an audiophile re-release of this superb recording.
This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas. More information under http://www.pure-analogue.com