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Track(s) taken from CDH55305

String Trio in B flat major, D471

1816; only the first movement (Allegro) and a fragment of the slow movement survive

The Raphael Ensemble
Recording details: October 1994
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: April 1995
Total duration: 11 minutes 50 seconds

Cover artwork: Mist in the Elbe Valley (1821) by Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840)

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Leopold String Trio


'The String Quintet typifies Schubert's late style at its most profound. Composed in the year of his death (he was unbelievably still only 31), it is difficult to associate music of such awesome harmonic boldness and innovation with someone who, in the last throes of syphillis, had just over a month to live. The Raphael Ensemble, led by Anthony Marwood, plays with an engaging freshness, simplicity and purity, tantalisingly suggesting that this was after all the work of a young man with plenty still to live for. It's a captivating reading that will blow away any Schubertian cobwebs and have one falling in love with this masterwork all over again' (Classic FM Magazine)

'The playing has a kind of disciplined abandon that's rare enough on the concert platform and rarer still in the recording studio. The sound is forward and immediate enough to catch some moments of roughness in the tone. But the thrust is unfailingly persuasive, and the players are as sensitive when they delve inward as when they effectively seem to be playing their hearts out' (The Irish Times)
During the autumn of 1816, Schubert had finally quitted his much-loathed teaching post and moved in with his close friend Franz Schober. Away from his overcrowded and repressive family home, sharing accommodation with a charismatic young man whose experience of life was far wider than his own, and in a vastly improved frame of mind, Schubert began to pour forth new compositions, including the present String Trio during the September. Although compared to the vast musical canvas of the String Quintet, the Trio (as it exists) represents a veritable microcosm of musical activity, the tendency towards relatively untroubled, often highly lyrical exposition/recapitulations, dramatically heightened by a more serious central development section, is already unmistakable. This miniature gem is one of the most treasured works in the string repertoire.

from notes by Julian Haylock © 1995

Pendant l’automne 1816, Schubert quitta finalement son poste d’enseignant, qu’il détestait, et emménagea chez un ami proche, Franz Schober. Loin de la maison familiale, bondée et oppressive, et vivant avec un jeune homme charismatique dont le vécu dépassait de beaucoup le sien, l’état d’esprit de Schubert s’en trouva vivifié, ce qui lui permit de se remettre à la composition de nouvelles œuvres, entre autre le présent Trio à cordes datant du mois de septembre. Même si on compare cette œuvre, comme elle se présente actuellement, au grand canevas musical du Quintette à cordes, elle représente un véritable microcosme d’activité musicale, son exposition et ses récapitulations étant relativement calmes et très mélodiques. Cette tendance déjà présente est accentuée de façon intense par la section centrale plus sérieuse du développement. Ce bijou miniature est l’un des trésors artistiques les plus précieux du répertoire pour cordes.

extrait des notes rédigées par Julian Haylock © 1995
Français: Isabelle Dubois

Im Herbst 1816 hatte Schubert endlich die von ihm so gehaßte Stelle als Schulmeister aufgegeben und war ins Haus seines nahen Freundes Franz Schober gezogen. Jetzt, da er den überfüllten und repressiven Familienwohnsitz verlassen hatte und ein Quartier mit einem charismatischen jungen Mann teilte, der ihm viel an Lebenserfahrung voraus hatte, begann Schubert, in einer weitaus besseren Geistesverfassung neue Kompositionen förmlich auszuschütten, so zum Beispiel im September das vorliegende Streichtrio. Obwohl das Trio (in seiner jetzigen Form) im Vergleich zum riesigen musikalischen Gemälde des Streichquartetts einen wahren Mikrokosmos musikalischer Aktivität darstellt, so ist doch seine Neigung zu ziemlich unbekümmerten, oft hochlyrischen Expositionen und Reprisen, die durch den ernsteren Mittelteil der Entwicklung hervorgehoben werden, bereits unüberhörbar. Dieses miniaturenhafte Juwel ist eines der am höchsten geschätzten Werke im Repertoire für Streichinstrumente.

aus dem Begleittext von Julian Haylock © 1995
Deutsch: Angelika Malbert

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