Thibaud, Cortot & Casals play Schubert
1926 classic remastered for finest sound quality
Of these recordings, the Schubert was the first, recorded in July 1926. This session ran so well and so smoothly that the trio, who'd always concentrated on the perfection of a relatively limited repertoire, was able to record Beethoven's Kakadu Variations and the same time.
Despite the age of the recording and the use of very early electric recording technology - microphones were introduced into the recording process commercially in 1925 - this remains an amazingly powerful and valuable record of one of the great trios of all time. Every exquisite nuance of playing, phrasing and timing is preserved for the listener's enjoyment, and what residual surface noise remains is quickly forgotten in this magical performance.
SCHUBERT Piano Trio No 1 in B flat, D898
Recorded 5-6 July 1926, Kingsway Hall, London.
Released as HMV 78s, D.B. 947-950
Matrix numbers: CR533 - CR540 (all 1st takes) (also numbered 08273-08280)
CR540 uses the alternate (A) cutting of the 1st take.
Jacques Thibaud, violin
Alfred Cortot, piano
Pablo Casals, cello