Pi­ano Trio/Not­turno (Au­diomax SACD 9023013-6)

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Trio Alba’s stun­ning new record­ing of Schu­bert’s sec­ond Pi­ano Trio (D929) is ex­cep­tional: al­most ca­su­ally vir­tu­osic, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and up on the lat­est schol­ar­ship. Recorded in a church in Marien­mün­ster they make some ex­cep­tion­ally gor­geous, open-hearted joy­ous sounds with the pi­ano recorded in the most stun­ning liq­uid tones. The first bars of the D897 Not­turno be­gin so softly that you have to tune your ears in ex­tra-care­fully; then, when the first notes from the vi­o­lin and cello be­gin to emerge the ef­fect is pure magic—Schu­bert would have been proud of such an hal­lu­cino­genic haze. The trio’s play­ing bonds fully with this au­dio­phile la­bels’ warmly rich and de­tailed sound. The al­ready splen­did record­ing gains even more bril­liantly when heard via elec­tro­static cans, rather than speak­ers, where the spec­tral qual­i­ties defy the lim­its of imag­i­na­tion.

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