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Schubert: Piano Trios-No 1

Magazine article Gramophone

Schubert: Piano Trios-No 1

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Schubert

Piano Trios--No 1, D898; No 2, D929. Notturno, D897

Daniel Sepec vn Roel Dieltiens vc Andreas Staier fp Harmonia Mundi (F) (2) HMC90 2233/4 (97' * DDD)

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Three leading period instrumentalists play three of the finest chamber works of the early 19th century, and the disc is a surefire winner. Daniel Sepec plays a 1780 Storioni, Roel Dieltiens a modern copy of a Strad and Andreas Staier a fortepiano based on an 1827 model by Conrad Graf. The sounds they create are delicious: the piano may lack the roar of a Steinway but it certainly has a full-throated bark, while the strings retain their sweetness across the range, and there's a rich 'thrum' to their pizzicato. The two trios are played with sensitivity and wit, and the central Notturno --one of Schubert's most touching creations--is a ruffled oasis of calm between its two big brothers.

That's not all. Christopher Clarke's 1996 fortepiano is fitted with five pedals, including one marked 'Fagott' and another 'Janitscharenzug' or 'Janissary bell'. …

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