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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely music, excellent playing, 11 May 2010
This review is from: Schubert: Piano Trios (Audio CD)
This is a wonderful double CD of some of Schubert's loveliest chamber music. It contains both the great piano trios, the "Notturno" D897 and, as a bonus, the Arpeggione Sonata (played as is usual these days on the cello rather than the obscure and obsolete arpeggione). The trios are major works with plenty of really meaty Schubertian seriousness but also charm and beauty, the Notturno is simply lovely (and dramatic in the central section) and the Arpeggione Sonata full of verve, charm and melody. It's a great collection of pieces.

The performances are really excellent. Schiff, Schokawa and Perényi are all outstanding musicians and play together on these discs with real mutual understanding and empathy with the music, making this a really special set in my view. I don't know of better performances.

This is (at the time of writing) a full-price set and the obvious comparison is with the Beaux Arts Trio at budget price Schubert: The Piano Trios. For me, it's well worth the extra for this set. Much as I love the Beaux Arts' Haydn (and other) recordings, in this repertoire Schiff, Schokawa and Perényi seem to me to have far more gravitas, sense of pace and sheer beauty of tone. And, of course, you get the Arpeggione Sonata here, which is a piece I wouldn't want to be without.

In addition to the excellent performances, the recorded sound is very good and the notes very interesting. Although it's not cheap, I wholeheartedly recommend this set.
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Initial post: 29 Jul 2012, 21:37:08 BST
This great recording is still available on an excellent Warner Classics box set Andras Schiff : Concertos & Chamber Music.
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