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Schubert: Piano Trios Nos 1 & 2 etc
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 14 March 2015
To my mind this recording is more or less perfect, but then I have enjoyed the Capucon brothers' playing in concert so am predisposed to finding it outstanding. They completely bring the lines to life - what a beautiful outpouring in both slow movements, for instance, without any affectation: the way they move on where others can pause in the B flat keeps the rapt effect on a sort of continuum, and the modern recorded sound helps a great deal (I had previously only heard a much older recording on cassette). Everything sounds so fresh, but also there is subtlety in the refusal to pound out repeated loud chords or figures in the more declamatory passages. Everything emerges in the right shape, and balanced between the three lines. The pianist Frank Braley has a very natural feel for Schubert, and his right-hand runs in the last movement of the E flat are particularly bright and exciting, while the scherzo movement has a perfect lilt at the tempo. The sublime slow movement has all the power you could wish for without anything being forced. With two extra pieces to fill out the two discs - the Notturno and the early Sonatensatz, this recording seems to me a wonderful take on these brilliant works.
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on 24 May 2012
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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