Schubert Piano Trio No. 2 and 'Notturno' (2019)


Hamlet Piano Trio, Paolo Giacometti, Candida Thompson, Xenia Jankovic

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

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The Dutch Italian and Italian Dutchman Paolo Giacometti is known as a soloist playing both modern and period instruments. He has recorded many albums with great works and renowned orchestras. In 2004, he received his first Edison award for one of his albums from the eight-part Rossini project. As a chamber musician, Paolo is mostly known in combination with renowned musicians like Pieter Wispelwey, with whom he has formed a duo for a long time.

Candida Thompson has been artistic leader of Amsterdam Sinfonietta since 2003, which under her leadership has developed into one of the most prominent chamber orchestras in the world, performing both in the Netherlands and abroad with soloists such as Murray Perahia, Thomas Hampson, Maxim Vengerov, Christianne Stotijn, Martin Frost and Gidon Kremer. Candida studied at the Guildhall School of Music with David Takeno. After graduating she continued her studies at the Banff Arts Centre in Canada. From a young age, Candida has played chamber music and worked with renowned musicians such as Isaac Stern, Bruno Giuranna, Frans Helmerson, Janine Jansen and Julian Rachlin Saturday matinee series of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Serbian-Russian cellist Xenia Jankovic made her solo debut with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra at the early age of nine. Two years later, she received a scholarship for the Moscow Conservatory. In Switzerland she continued her studies with Pierre Fournier en Guy Fallot, and in Germany with Navarra. In 1981, she made her international breakthrough by winning the prestigious ‘Gaspar Cassado Cassado’ concourse in Florence. Her close collaboration with Sandor Vegh en György Sebök has further formed her, both as a musician and as a person. Jankovic performed as a soloist with esteemed orchestras such as the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, the radio orchestras of Berlin, Copenhagen and Madrid.

Paolo Giacometti

Paolo Giacometti performs all over the world as a soloist and as a chamber musician, both on period and on modern instruments. He was born in Milan, Italy in 1970, but has been living in the Netherlands from his early childhood. He studied with Jan Wijn at the Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam, where he graduated with the highest distinction. Also Gyorgy Sebök was an important source of inspiration and had a significant influence on his musical education. Paolo Giacometti has won many prizes at both national and international competitions. He has played with renowned orchestras under distinguished conductors such as Frans Brüggen, Kenneth Montgomery, Laurent Petitgirard, Michael Tilkin and Jaap van Zweden. Apart from his activities as a soloist, Paolo Giacometti’s love for chamber music has resulted in a successful co-operation with leading musicians such as Pieter Wispelwey, Gordon Nikolich, Alois Brandhofer, Janine Jansen, Bart Schneemann and Viktoria Mullova. Paolo Giacometti is a much sought-after musician at chamber music festivals in Europe, Canada and the United States. He has performed in concert halls all over the world including the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), Wigmore Hall (London), Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris) and Seoul Arts Centre (South Korea). Paolo Giacometti records exclusively for Channel Classics. His impressive discography has been widely acclaimed by the international press. His recordings include Rossini’s complete piano works, a remarkable project that started in 1998 and was completed in 2007. In Rossini’s homeland critics say: "... Rossini has finally found his pianist ...". For the third recording of this series Giacometti was distinguished with the Edison Classical Music Award 2001. His recording of Schumann’s Humoreske, Fantasiestücke and Toccata has received the BBC Music Magazine’s Benchmark and Performance of Outstanding Quality distinctions. His recording of the Dvorák and Schumann piano concertos have been acclaimed by Gramophone as "... one of the best concerto disks I have heard in a long while ...".  Among Paolo Giacometti’s chamber music recordings, a recording with works by Schubert with cellist Pieter Wispelwey has received the Choc du Monde de la Musique and Luister 10 awards, while another recording with works by Chopin, Fauré and Poulenc, also with Pieter Wispelwey, has been awarded the Diapason d’or.  Paolo Giacometti is also a dedicated piano professor at the Robert Schumann Musikhochschule Düsseldorf.

Candida Thompson

Candida Thompson artistic director and leader 

Candida Thompson studied with DavidTakeno at the Guildhall School of Music andDrama, where she received her soloist's graduationdiploma with honour. She developedher qualities further at the Banff Centre for theArts in Canada and played with several internationalorchestras such as Moskov ChamberOrchestra, The English String Orchestra,Wiener Symphoniker, the Netherland RadioChamber Orchestra and AmsterdamSinfonietta. Candida Thompson has been aregular guest artist at La Musica chambermusic festival in Florida. She also participatedat chamber music festivals like the KuhmoChamber Music Festival (Finland) and theGubbio Festival (Italy). In the past yearsCandida performed with artists such as BrunoGuiranna, Joseph Silverstein, Isabelle Faust,Janine Jansen. Together with cellist XeniaJankovic and pianist Paolo Giacometti sheformed the Hamlet trio. Candida Thompsonwas appointed Amsterdam Sinfonietta's artisticdirector and lead violin in the summer of2003. Under her leadership AmsterdamSinfonietta has made successful tours ofAustralia, the United States, China, Spain,Italy and Germany and has recorded a numberof highly acclaimed CD recordings.
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Schubert Piano Trio No. 2 and 'Notturno' (2019)


Hamlet Piano Trio, Paolo Giacometti, Candida Thompson, Xenia Jankovic

    Sunday Times

(…) Excellent British, Serbian-Russian and Dutch-Italian Hamlet piano trio on period instruments (…) all is pleasure.

Eine freigeistige Einzelkämpferin (...) Die niederländische Geigerin Rosanne Philippens bricht auf ihrer neuen CD 'Insight' mit Konventionen und verleiht verschiedenen Solowerken ihre ganz persönliche Note. (...) Die Einspielung von Ysaÿes dritter Solosonate 'Ballade', die übrigens Enescu gewidmet ist, ist wirklich bemerkenswert: Selten hört man dieses technisch und musikalisch extrem anspruchsvolle Werk mit derartiger Mühelosigkeit und dennoch virtuoser Vehemenz. (...) Wer auf der Suche nach neuen Ideen oder besonders leidenschaftlichen und liberal denkenden Interpreten ist, wird bei diesem Tonträger sicher auf seine Kosten kommen. Geigerisch lohnt sich das Hören auf jeden Fall, denn Philippens ist eine hervorragende Musikerin, ob einem das Konzept von 'Insight' nun gefällt oder nicht.

    Diapason -

(…) Son interpretation des deux chefs-d’oeuvrede 1827 est marqué pas une certaine épure, voire par une forme d’ascèse: il n’y a ici ni excès de lyrisme ni épanchment coupable. (…)

(…) Diese viele Emotionen und Schichten aufzeigende Musik wird von dem Trio in einer ebenso vielschichtigen Deutung vorgestellt, die mit Liebe zum Detail und trotzdem gezielter Zeichnung von Entwicklungslinien im Großen und Ganzen überzeugend getroffen wird.(…) (…) The music, which reveals many emotions and layers, is presented by the trio in a suitable interpretation, paying attention to details and yet purposeful drawing the overall musical lines.(…)

    MusicWeb International

(…) Very fine performances of two cornerstones of the piano trio repertoire (…) a triumphant success (…) more please.

David R Dunsmore

    Gramophone - High Fidelity

‘Schubert captured with a wonderful lightness of touch by Channel Classics founder and engineer Jared Sacks, and available in a range of formats.’

Andrew Everard


The piano trios aren’t often recorded on period instruments and it’s good to hear, just occasionally, the longer and more garrulous finale of the E flat, especially when played (Hamlet Piano Trio) and engineered (Jared Sacks) as finely as it is here.

David Threasher

    Klassieke Zaken

(…) Alles klopt hier: verzorgd spel, geen contrapuntisch lijntje verwaarloosd, zonder overdreven ritenuto’s, een goede interactie, synchroon en een mooie akoestiek. Een leuke originele vormgeving van het boekje ook, helemaal in de sfeer van de muziek. Kortom: een met liefde gemaakt product, een sieraad voor ons land.

Jos van der Zanden

    Opus Klassiek

(…) We mogen genieten van een werkelijk schitterend kleurenspel dat geen enkele wens onvervuld laat. Topmusici kunnen dat, maar opnametechnici zijn zich er helaas niet altijd in voldoende mate van bewust. Bij Channel Classics ligt dat gelukkig anders. (…) We horen op deze cd een staaltje fenomenaal musiceren waardoor de aandacht van de luisteraar volledig naar de muziek zelf gaat en niet naar de interpreten: alsof ze zich doelbewust hebben weggecijferd achter de muziek. (…) Een schitterend album.

Aart van der Wal

    De Gelderlander -

Met zijn drieën gaan deze perfect op elkaar ingespeelde musici de uitdaging van Schuberts Tweede pianotrio opus 100 aan. Zij kiezen daarvoor een authentieke aanpak met als inspirerend middelpunt een Weense fortepiano uit de collectie Beunk. Die tokkelt, streelt en imponeert, zodat het er parelend en gepassioneerd aan toe kan gaan. (...)

Maarten-Jan Dongelmans

Schubert Piano Trio No. 2 and 'Notturno' (2019)


Hamlet Piano Trio, Paolo Giacometti, Candida Thompson, Xenia Jankovic

Cables: Van den Hul
Digital Converters: Horus, Merging Technologies
Mastering Engineer: Jared Sacks
Notes: DSD 512 Stereo files created by Tom Caulfield at the NativeDSD Mastering Lab using Jussi Laako's latest EC modulators from Signalyst
Recording Engineer: Jared Sacks
Recording location: MCO Hilversum, the Netherlands
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD 256
Speakers: Grimm LS1

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Adagio in E-flat major Op. Posth. 148 D. 897 'Notturno'
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Trio No. 2 in E-flat major, D. 929, Op. 100 - I. Allegro
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Trio No. 2 in E-flat major, D. 929, Op. 100 - II. Andante con moto
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Trio No. 2 in E-flat major, D. 929, Op. 100 - III. Scherzando
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Trio No. 2 in E-flat major, D. 929, Op. 100 - IV. Allegro Moderato
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