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Kirk McElhearn
MusicWeb International, August 2012

If you were to dismiss this DVD because of its less-than-stellar video quality, you’d be missing out on some fine music and excellent sound. The video in this 1991 recording is a bit rough around the edges, but the audio and the musicmaking are as good as one can hope for.

András Schiff, Yuuko Shiokawa and Miklós Perényi lovingly present these three works for piano trio. The playing is moving and melancholic at times, and lively and boisterous at others. The third movement of Piano Trio No. 1, that slow, languid melody at the heart of this work, is splendidly performed, and the balance between the instruments is ideal. The more lively opening movement of Piano Trio No. 2 has plenty of energy. The slower second movement of the same work, with that unforgettable cello melody opening over the piano—well known from the film Barry Lyndon—is performed with great subtlety.

I find the tempi to be ideal, as the musicians seem to have found just the right balance of energy and speed.

This is a delightful performance of some of Schubert’s best chamber music. While the video quality is not perfect, it’s easy to forget this as you are carried away by the wonderful music. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review






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