Customer Reviews


3 Reviews
5 star:
 (2)
4 star:    (0)
3 star:
 (1)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning performance from the Florestan Trio
This is magnificent. I have always been rather disappointed by the Beaux Arts Trio's recording of this work which most people seem to like, finding it somewhat superficial. My favourite version has been that of The Czech Trio on Supraphon vinyl, (which I don't think has been re-issued on CD) which is played with great commitment and passion. But now this recording...
Published on 13 Feb. 2010 by Musica Vita

versus
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Good as background music not my favourite.
Published 6 months ago by Mr. Jeffrey Windsor


Most Helpful First | Newest First

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning performance from the Florestan Trio, 13 Feb. 2010
By 
Musica Vita (Birmingham, UK) - See all my reviews
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Schubert-Piano Trio in E flat (Audio CD)
This is magnificent. I have always been rather disappointed by the Beaux Arts Trio's recording of this work which most people seem to like, finding it somewhat superficial. My favourite version has been that of The Czech Trio on Supraphon vinyl, (which I don't think has been re-issued on CD) which is played with great commitment and passion. But now this recording trumps it. It is difficult to imagine a better performance, and the quality of the recording matches it.

As the previous reviewer has said, don't hesitate.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well up to the exalted standards of the wonderful Florestan Trio, now sadly disbanded, 27 Dec. 2012
By 
I. Giles (Argyll, Scotland) - See all my reviews
(HALL OF FAME REVIEWER)    (TOP 50 REVIEWER)   
This review is from: Schubert-Piano Trio in E flat (Audio CD)
This disc, recorded in 2001, completed the Florestan's survey of the two Schubert piano trios. Both of the works were late compositions within Schubert's very short life and this is the second of the two works.

Schubert was somewhat over-awed by the Beethoven legacy and struggled for quite a while to find his own voice and to express his own musical ideas in this medium. He was also swayed by adverse criticism which complained of excessive length. Schubert dealt with the latter problem by shortening the last movement in the final version. On this recording both last movements are included so it is possible to compare them and choose the finale that appeals.

Schubert's compositional style was more melodically driven than that of Beethoven who was more lyrical than melodic in the way he developed his ideas. Beethoven was also more inclined to develop motifs harmonically and structurally whereas Schubert's approach tended to favour using variations of texture as a means of making the most of his melodic ideas. In this work there are many examples of this and any performance that does not observe this melodic requirement must fail. The Florestan Trio are an excellent trio and have a naturally lyrical playing style which suits the Schubert melodic world. The Florestan's are also particularly responsive to each other playing almost as if of one mind. This unity of purpose produces deeply rewarding playing and is why the Florestan's are so highly thought of on the world scene.

The fine Beaux Arts trio performances are still considered benchmark references even now. Nevertheless, good though the recordings were at the time, there is now a hardness about the upper string tone and the plumpness about the lower string tone that betrays increasing age. The new recording by the Florestan Trio is a marked improvement and is an excellent example of the advantages of well balanced and full ranging modern recorded sound. This, and an extra flexibility in the interpretations, makes this new recording very desirable.

I would suggest that the Florestan version should, at the very least, be put on any short-list for potential buyers and if chosen, I would expect it to give most purchasers considerable satisfaction for a long time to come.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, 8 Oct. 2014
This review is from: Schubert-Piano Trio in E flat (Audio CD)
Good as background music not my favourite.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Schubert-Piano Trio in E flat
Schubert-Piano Trio in E flat by Franz Schubert (Audio CD - 2002)
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews