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Schubert: Piano Trio Op 100, Etc / Kungsbacka Piano Trio

Release Date: 08/29/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8555700   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Malin BromanJesper SvedbergSimon Crawford-Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kungsbacka Piano Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There are some splendid piano trios now playing and recording, as recent releases by the likes of the Florestan Trio (Hyperion), the Abegg Trio (Tacet), and the Smetana Trio (Supraphon) attest. On evidence here, the Kungsbacka Trio has nothing to fear from the competition, even in this oft-recorded music. Schubert's Second trio is not the easiest piece to bring off. Despite its typically generous fund of melody and its unusually varied colors and textures, this is a very long piece of music. When played, as here, with the original version of its finale (including repeats), it lasts more than 50 minutes, an extraordinary length even for a mature work that suffers from no significant formal
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A successful performance, then, is all about timing and flow, aside from the general requirement of beautiful ensemble playing at all times. Here the Kungsbacka Trio really excels, finding in all four movements ideal tempos that allow for maximum textural clarity without any sacrifice of brilliance. You can hear this most obviously in the second movement, like that of the Ninth Symphony one of Schubert's unforgettable, bittersweet marches, and most particularly in the finale. It's obvious that these players have got it right when the music of the second movement returns amid the development section: it makes you stop and say "Wait a moment--haven't I heard this before?" The scherzo also manages to be unusually lively and characterful, but still "Allegro moderato", and moreover a different Allegro moderato than that of the finale.

In short, this performance offers both technical excellence and interpretive intelligence in equal measure. Pianist Simon Crawford Phillips in particular knows exactly when to accompany and when to be brilliant. His partners play with a warm, rich tone, terrific intonation, and clearly relish Schubert's use of coloristic devices (such as pizzicato) to provide timbral contrast. There are many fine recordings of this trio, including one on Naxos by the excellent Stuttgart Piano Trio, but this one belongs with the best of them. By the way, it also sounds terrific on an iPod and makes a fantastic after-dinner walk or aerobic workout, especially since the coupled early Trio ("Sonatensatz") in B-flat D. 28 brings the disc timing to just a smidge over a full hour. But whether you're relaxing at home or moving about in some fashion, you'll enjoy this very much. [9/25/2006]
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Works on This Recording

Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E flat major, D 929/Op. 100 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Malin Broman (Violin), Jesper Svedberg (Cello), Simon Crawford-Phillips (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kungsbacka Piano Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, UK 
Length: 51 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, UK (06/03/2003 - 06/04/2003) 
Trio for Piano and Strings in B flat major, D 28 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Simon Crawford-Phillips (Piano), Jesper Svedberg (Cello), Malin Broman (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kungsbacka Piano Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, UK 
Length: 9 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, UK (06/03/2003 - 06/04/2003) 

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