Since my adolescence Franz Schubert’s Piano Trios have been between my absolutely favorite pieces of music. In my teens I was listening very much to chamber music recordings with cellist Pablo Casals from his festival in Prades or earlier with his piano trio.
Schubert Trios are specially moving because of the intimate conversations between the three instruments which touch such profound feelings like deep solitude, love, happiness, fear, mystery of death and many others. And then on the other side the symphonic dimension with the richness of tunes, characters and moods as well as the impressive duration of more than 45 minutes. Schubert’s written dynamics in the E flat major trio are also extreme, reaching triple pianissimo and triple fortissimo.
It was fascinating for us as a piano trio to explore these different dimensions, characters, sound colors, dynamics, moods, atmospheres. As the Hamlet Trio we have performed this piece many times on modern instruments. But from the first moment a few years ago when we sat down to play it on the instrument of Schubert’s time at Edwins Beunk’s studio, with gut strings on our instruments and using classical bows, I could not wait to work more intensively together on the period instruments and make this recording in this wonderful atmosphere together with Jared Sacks, our recording producer.
- Xenia Jankovic, cello