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  PRD/DSD 250 201
  Schubert: Piano Trios - Guarneri Trio Prague
  Schubert: Piano Trio in B flat major Op. 99 D. 898, Piano Trio in E flat major Op. 100 D. 929

Guarneri Trio Prague
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  Classical - Chamber
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Review by krisjan March 27, 2010 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
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Review by seth May 7, 2006 (3 of 6 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
Schubert's piano trios are among his best works, with the slow movement of the E flat being one the 10 most sublime pieces of music ever written. Unfortunately these performances are rather average.

The Guarneri Trio is too concerned with showing off how quietly they can play. I find their sound to often be thin as a result. I've heard period instrument performances of the trios that have a more vibrant full blooded tone. And because they are so obsessed with the technical precision of their playing, their music making is devoid of individual character (someone like Bylsma is so much more expressive in the cello part).

The biggest misfire on the disc is the first movement of the B flat. It is played entirely too quickly. The pacing should be more deliberate; some rubato can even be highly effective. But Guarneri just plows through it. Similarly, the E flat's final movement is also played so quick and slickly that the quasi march feel of the allegro section is almost missed, and some of the grandeur throughout the movement is underdone.

The recorded sound is fine, but fails to create the illusion that the musicians are in my listening room (something which many many CDs -- digital and analog recordings -- manage to do). Instead the recording sounds like a reproduction of them performing in a smallish room.

Not recommended, especially if this will be your first recording of the trios.

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Review by madisonears January 23, 2007 (2 of 5 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
If I had to describe this disc in one word, it would be: dull. I enjoy many Praga chamber music recordings. I find the performances to be lively and full of the joy of making music, and the technical aspects of the recordings are first class, in some cases of reference quality. This disc, however, never engaged me on any level, with its somewhat lifeless musical and aural characteristics. I listened carefully several times, and casually several more, and I was always left with the feeling that they should not have bothered, and even Schubert not have bothered, to make this music. My reference for these works continues to be the Beaux Arts Trio in a Philips duo (with String Trios), which are certainly older but still superb recordings of far better performances.

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Works: 2  

Franz Schubert - Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat major, D. 898
Franz Schubert - Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat major, D. 929