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Schubert Piano Trio No. 2 and Notturno

Hamlet Piano Trio

Franz Schubert

SKU: 41719

Year of release: 2019

1. Adagio in E-flat Major Op. posth. 148 D. 897 ‘Notturno’ Franz Schubert 08:41
Trio No. 2 in E-flat major for piano, violin and violoncello, D. 929, Op. 100 49:47
2. I. Allegro Franz Schubert 15:17
3. II. Andante con moto Franz Schubert 08:47
4. III. Scherzando: Allegro moderato Franz Schubert 06:28
5. IV. Allegro moderato Franz Schubert 19:12
Total time: 58:28

About this album

Franz Schubert’s Piano Trio No. 2 and Notturno are performed on this third album of the Hamlet Piano Trio for Channel Classics. 

Some of Franz Schubert’s music – like the Trout Quintet or the Ave Maria
– is heard time and again, while other pieces are hardly ever played. Even
when the focus is on his chamber music, these extremes are evident. Of all
fifteen string quartets, Death and the Maiden is played most, while others are
true Cinderellas. The wonderful String Quintet in C major is played fairly
frequently, and the two Piano Trios a little less. The present recording features
a great rarity, the Notturno in E flat major opus post.148 D897 for violin, cello
and piano. Like much other chamber music, this piece was probably first
played among Schubert’s friends, or in his home, with the composer at the
piano, his brother Ignaz or Ferdinand on the violin and father Schubert on
the cello. Among the Schubert family the piece was known as the Adagio in
E flat major. The publisher Diabelli fished it out of the composer’s estate in
1844 and issued it under the fantasy name Notturno. Today we know that it
was written as second movement for the Piano Trio in E flat major opus 100,
but then rejected by the composer himself. In its melodies and modulations
Schubert’s pioneering style in the nineteenth century is clearly recognisable.

– Clemens Romijn (excerpt from liner notes)

Since my adolescence Franz Schubert’s Piano Trios have been between my
absolutely favorite pieces of music. In my teens I was listening very much to
chamber music recordings with cellist Pablo Casals from his festival in Prades or
earlier with his piano trio.
Schubert Trios are specially moving because of the intimate conversations
between the three instruments which touch such profound feelings like deep solitude,
love, happiness, fear, mystery of death and many others. And then on the other side
the symphonic dimension with the richness of tunes, characters and moods as well
as the impressive duration of more than 45 minutes. Schubert’s written dynamics
in the E flat major trio are also extreme, reaching triple pianissimo and triple
fortissimo.
It was fascinating for us as a piano trio to explore these different dimensions,
characters, sound colors, dynamics, moods, atmospheres. As the Hamlet Trio we
have performed this piece many times on modern instruments. But from the
first moment a few years ago when we sat down to play it on the instrument of
Schubert’s time at Edwins Beunk’s studio, with gut strings on our instruments
and using classical bows, I could not wait to work more intensively together on the
period instruments and make this recording in this wonderful atmosphere together
with Jared Sacks, our recording producer.

– Xenia Jankovic, cello

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Media

Technical Specifications

SpeakersGrimm LS1
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
EditingJared Sacks - Pyramix Workstation / Merging Technologies
CablesVan den Hul
Mixing ConsoleRens Heijnis, custom design
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer 4006, Schoeps
Recording Notes

Fortepiano: Conrad Graf, Vienna ca. 1826 (Edwin Beunk Collection)

Recording FormatDSD 256
Analog To Digital ConverterHorus, Merging Technologies
Recording DateNovember 2018
Recording LocationMCO Hilversum, The Netherlands
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProductionJared Sacks