The Florestan Trio follow up their hugely successful release of Schubert's B flat trio
with this stunning performance of the E flat trio. In an article in The Guardian recently,
pianist Susan Tomes talked of the recording sessions, during which there were many
discussions about performing "the most monumental work in our repertoire". The result,
according to Ms Tomes, is a portrait of the Florestans painting a portrait of Schubert.
Schubert dedicated the work to 'nobody save those who find pleasure in it'. The first
movement is strongly rhythmic, the second is infused with an emotive Swedish folksong melody.
The tempo of this movement was determined some twenty years ago, when it occurred to
Ms Tomes during a winter walk that her footsteps trudging through the snow were exactly the
right tempo for the opening chords. The Scherzo incorporates a caressing waltz and a lusty
peasant dance. The work's length proved challenging for publishers and so Schubert consented t
o cut 98 bars from the final movement. The Florestan Trio offer both versions on this disc, providing a
rare chance to hear the original, much longer version in all its glory.
2 Andante Con Moto
3 Scherzo: Allegro Moderato
4 Finale: Allegro Moderato
5 Finale: Allegro Moderato (First Version) - Franz Schubert - Franz Schubert