Fournier, Janigro & Badura-Skoda play Schubert
1951 Westminster LP recording remastered for finest sound quality
The trio of Fournier, Janigro and Badura-Skoda made a number of
excellent recordings for New York-based Westminster Recordings in the
1950s, which we're delighted to revisit here at Pristine Audio Direct,
thanks to the efforts of vinyl restoration wizard, Peter Harrison.
By comparison to the Cortot-Thibaud-Casals recording of Schubert's first Piano Trio (PASC021), here the work can, perhaps with the luxury of vinyl side durations, breathe a little more easy. However, don't be fooled by the difference in durations between the two - although this recording does take each movement more slowly, it is largely thanks to a major cut in the third movement that the earlier recording comes in nearly five minutes shorter.
It is this more expansive side of their playing that we've chosen to highlight here with the the slow, 2nd movement available for free download. While there is little doubt of the feeling in Casal's cello entry from the 1926 recording, here Janigro appears to almost pour the notes from his cello, and that extra time allocated to the movement allows him just a little more expressiveness.
(Note that the poor tape edit heard at approx. 3'43" is as originally issued.)
SCHUBERT Piano Trio No 1 in B flat, D898
Recorded 15-30 October 1951
Released as Westminster WL5188 and XWN18481
Jean Fournier, violin
Paul Badura-Skoda, piano
Antonio Janigro, cello