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3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant but uninspired Schubert performance, 24 May 2012
This review is from: Schubert: Piano Trios Nos 1 & 2 etc (Audio CD)
Having enjoyed many of the recordings of this talented young trio I have to agree with Santa Fe's assessment below. These are two of the loveliest works in the Piano trio repertoire; indeed when William Walton was asked which piece by another composer he wished he had composed he replied Schubert's Bb Trio. There is a vibrancy in both works and behind the beauty and melodic happiness, the ever lurking shadows that pervade Schubert's late works.

For me the Capucon trio fail to fully capture either element. The playing is beautiful, balanced and technically perfect as you would expect, but falls just short of the vibrant energy and crucially, the play of light and shade inherent in these works.

Compare for example the opening of the Bb trio as played by Trio Wanderer who immediately set out with a joyous spring in their step. Or with the Trio Fontenay who achieve their equivalent energy by playing with a smoother, grander, more openly romantic style.

In the slow movements too I find that both these groups take us somewhere just that touch more magical, especially in the Op.99 Andante...surely one of the most poetically beautiful of all chamber movements. The Suk trio I would also place ahead of the Capucons.

If immaculate, modern recorded sound is essential to you then I would recommend Trio Wanderer on Harmonia Mundi as your first choice for these heavenly pieces.
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Schubert: Piano Trios Nos 1 & 2 etc
Schubert: Piano Trios Nos 1 & 2 etc by Gautier Capuçon (Audio CD - 2007)
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