"High-impact, masculine performance and recording."
This is full-blooded Schubert, richly recorded in a fairly up-front balance – for the strings in particular, and performed with passion and commitment. Right from the outset, the musicians of the Wiener Schubert Trio grab your attention in the dramatic opening of the Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat D.898, and the only real question is whether they will be able to hold it.
This is a very fine set and, set in a gorgeous church acoustic, perhaps the one of the best recorded. They have a fine lightness of touch in the final Rondo.
They are once again powerful in the first movement of the wonderful Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat D.929. Their explosively dramatic playing further on in the movement is certainly more than a match for the rather stiff Arion Trio, and out-storms the Beaux Arts players as well. I certainly enjoy their little shifts in tempo for the Scherzando, and the final Allegro moderato has great charm, though having more of a salon superficiality than the tightly observed intensity of the Beaux Arts Trio.
There is of course much competition from all over the place in these pieces...if you are looking for masculine performances in a full-sounding recording which pulls no punches and brings out the tougher edges of Schubert’s passionate writing then this may indeed be the very thing for you. The playing here is technically very fine, musically sensitive and often very exciting. One thing is for sure however, you won’t be falling asleep while it’s on! Dominy Clements, musicweb-international.com
The Vienna Schubert Trio are masters of cohesion, phrase and dynamic, the members collectively skilled at dovetailing shared roles. Why is a recording made in 1991, by a group that disbanded in 1993 after only eight years together appearing so late? Whatever the reason, there's cause for rejoicing today. Nalen Anthoni, Gramophone