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Schubert Piano Trio No. 2 and Notturno


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Adagio in E-flat major Op. Posth. 148 D. 897 'Notturno'
Trio No. 2 in E-flat major, D. 929, Op. 100 - I. Allegro
Trio No. 2 in E-flat major, D. 929, Op. 100 - II. Andante con moto
Trio No. 2 in E-flat major, D. 929, Op. 100 - III. Scherzando
Trio No. 2 in E-flat major, D. 929, Op. 100 - IV. Allegro Moderato


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
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

Additional information


Analog to digital converter

Horus, Merging Technologies

Mastering engineer

Jared Sacks


Jared Sacks – Pyramix Workstation / Merging Technologies


Van den Hul

Mixing console

Rens Heijnis, custom design


Bruel & Kjaer 4006, Schoeps

Recording notes

<p>Fortepiano: Conrad Graf, Vienna ca. 1826 (Edwin Beunk Collection)</p>

Recording format

DSD 256

Recording date

November 2018


Recording location

MCO Hilversum, The Netherlands

Recording engineer

Jared Sacks


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Press reviews

Sunday Times

(…) Excellent British, Serbian-Russian and Dutch-Italian Hamlet piano trio on period instruments (…) all is pleasure.

ORIGINAL: “Das Hamlet Piano Trio bietet mit seiner Einspielung von Schuberts Es-Dur Trio Op. 100 eine Interpretation, die den Referenzstatus verdient.” ENGLISH: “With their recording of Schubert’s E flat major Trio Op. 100, the Hamlet Piano Trio offers an interpretation that deserves the reference status.” INTERPRETATION: 5 STARS


(…) Son interpretation des deux chefs-d’oeuvrede 1827 est marqué pas une certaine épure, voire par une forme d’ascèse: il n’y a ici ni excès de lyrisme ni épanchment coupable. (…)

MusicWeb International

(…) Very fine performances of two cornerstones of the piano trio repertoire (…) a triumphant success (…) more please. 6.25 out of 5

(…) Diese viele Emotionen und Schichten aufzeigende Musik wird von dem Trio in einer ebenso vielschichtigen Deutung vorgestellt, die mit Liebe zum Detail und trotzdem gezielter Zeichnung von Entwicklungslinien im Großen und Ganzen überzeugend getroffen wird.(…)

(…) The music, which reveals many emotions and layers, is presented by the trio in a suitable interpretation, paying attention to details and yet purposeful drawing the overall musical lines.(…)


The piano trios aren’t often recorded on period instruments and it’s good to hear, just occasionally, the longer and more garrulous finale of the E flat, especially when played (Hamlet Piano Trio) and engineered (Jared Sacks) as finely as it is here.

Gramophone – High Fidelity

‘Schubert captured with a wonderful lightness of touch by Channel Classics founder and engineer Jared Sacks, and available in a range of formats.’

Opus Klassiek

(…) We mogen genieten van een werkelijk schitterend kleurenspel dat geen enkele wens onvervuld laat. Topmusici kunnen dat, maar opnametechnici zijn zich er helaas niet altijd in voldoende mate van bewust. Bij Channel Classics ligt dat gelukkig anders. (…) We horen op deze cd een staaltje fenomenaal musiceren waardoor de aandacht van de luisteraar volledig naar de muziek zelf gaat en niet naar de interpreten: alsof ze zich doelbewust hebben weggecijferd achter de muziek. (…) Een schitterend album.

Klassieke Zaken

(…) Alles klopt hier: verzorgd spel, geen contrapuntisch lijntje verwaarloosd, zonder overdreven ritenuto’s, een goede interactie, synchroon en een mooie akoestiek. Een leuke originele vormgeving van het boekje ook, helemaal in de sfeer van de muziek. Kortom: een met liefde gemaakt product, een sieraad voor ons land.

De Gelderlander

Met zijn drieën gaan deze perfect op elkaar ingespeelde musici de uitdaging van Schuberts Tweede pianotrio opus 100 aan. Zij kiezen daarvoor een authentieke aanpak met als inspirerend middelpunt een Weense fortepiano uit de collectie Beunk. Die tokkelt, streelt en imponeert, zodat het er parelend en gepassioneerd aan toe kan gaan. (…)


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