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Clouds in the Evening (1823) by Johan Christian Clausen Dahl (1788-1857)
Nasjonalgalleriet, Oslo / Photograph by J Lathion
Track(s) taken from CDA67273
Recording details: December 2000
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: November 2001
Total duration: 10 minutes 29 seconds

'This stands out among modern recordings of this fine work [and] the Movement in B flat makes a freshly endearing bonus. This will be hard to beat and one eagerly awaits the E flat major Trio' (Gramophone)

'Marvellously alive, the phrasing playful when required, delicate but never precious, [the trio] frolic through with palpable joy and an unerring sense of ensemble. Placed alongside this CD, even the Beaux Arts Trio, old favourites in this repertoire, start to look staid' (The Times)

'I urge you not to miss the Florestan disc which certainly becomes my version of choice for the B flat Trio and the early trio movement' (Fanfare, USA)

Piano Trio movement in B flat major, D28
composer
27 July 1812

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The single-movement ‘Sonate’ (Schubert’s designation) was the fifteen-year-old composer’s immediate reaction to losing his treble voice, and with it his place in Vienna’s Imperial Chapel Choir. On 26 July 1812 he wrote in a score of a mass he had just sung: ‘Schubert, Franz, crowed for the last time’. And the following day he consoled himself by trying his hand at a trio movement in B flat, which he may originally have intended as the first movement of a larger work. Schubert had just begun studies with Antonio Salieri; and this B flat trio movement is one of several works from this time written in frank imitation of classical models. Mozart, rather than the more rigorously argumentative Haydn or Beethoven, is the obvious influence, though from the lyrical violin/cello duet near the start the cello plays a more emancipated role than in Mozart’s trios. The exposition, as in so many early Schubert works, is amiably discursive, while the brief and inconsequential development is elided with the recapitulation – a procedure that Schubert was to put to inspired use fifteen years later in the first movement of the great B flat Trio.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2001

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