The Thibaud-Casals-Cortot partnership made their famous recording of the Schubert B flat Trio in 1926, and it was long one of the classics of the gramophone. It still has a rich humanity and warmth that explain its reputation. The Ward Marston transfer is very good indeed, even if the sound now seems very dated and two-dimensional.
"The performances are full of insight and vitality, and Ward Marston's amazing transfers make them sound freshly scrubbed. The minimal surface noise shouldn't deter; it's the price for pristine highs such as those we hear in the natural sound of Thibaud's sweet, singing violin in the andante cantabile movement of the Haydn. The odd Beethoven work is masterly, too, with a gravely expressive introduction and a fun-filled set of variations made to order for the three virtuosos. The big work here is the Schubert Trio, in which this ensemble continues to amaze with their flawless phrasing and emotional commitment. Their phrasing of the Andante's gorgeous theme will melt your heart. These classic performances should be in every collection, and they're irresistible at Naxos's budget price."