EDWIN FISCHER TRIO plays Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann (1953) - PACM088

EDWIN FISCHER TRIO plays Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann (1953) - PACM088

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Overview

BEETHOVEN Piano Trio No. 5 in D, "Ghost", Op. 70, No. 1

BRAHMS Piano Trio No. 1 in B, Op. 8
SCHUMANN Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 63

Recorded 8 August 1953 at the Mozarteum, Salzburg
Total duration: 58:58

Edwin Fischer, piano
Wolfgang Schneiderhan,
violin
Enrico Mainardi,
cello

One of the great piano trio ensembles - superb new XR remasters

Three live piano trios by Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann, heard as never before


In Paul Badura-Skoda's notes to the Fonit Cetra LP issue of this concert, from which the present transfer was drawn, he observes: "Unfortunately it must be observed that the tone balance does not always match the sound I personally heard in the concert hall. Unhappily the microphone had been placed just in front of the violin and also close to the cello, so that the sound of the piano seems to come from a distant background. Probably the sound technician had noted that generally the pianist in a chamber group plays too loudly. But in Fischer’s case the very opposite was true. The spiritual force can nevertheless still be felt, even though the listener’s imagination must supply what cannot be heard."

Although it is not within the bounds of technology today to alter the microphone placement of a recording made 60 years ago, it's instructive to note the difference that XR remastering has made to the overall impression of balance here. The original recording was clear but lacking in body, both from the cello and, in particular the full-bodied sound of the piano which helps so much to round out the overall sonic texture of the ensemble. Restoring these hidden frequencies makes a huge difference to the impression one receives from the performances themselves, which take on far more life and immediacy. Note that the Schumann Piano Trio No. 1, also performed at the same concert, was too long to fit onto CD - it can be downloaded at no cost from our website.


Andrew Rose



  • BEETHOVEN Piano Trio No. 5 in D, "Ghost", Op. 70, No. 1

  • BRAHMS Piano Trio No. 1 in B, Op. 8

  • SCHUMANN Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 63
    Recorded 8 August 1953 at the Mozarteum, Salzburg
    A Bavarian Radio recording
    Producer and XR remastering engineer: Andrew Rose
    Cover artwork based on a photograph of Edwin Fischer Trio
    Total duration: 58:58

Edwin Fischer, piano
Wolfgang Schneiderhan,
violin
Enrico Mainardi,
cello

Because the total duration of the three trios exceeds that of a standard audio CD this piece has been excluded from the CD issue. It is however included in all downloads.