Schubert: Piano Trio No. 2 - Arpeggione Sonata

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Label: NAXOS
Catalog: 8573884
Format: CD

Rudin, Alexander; Höbarth, Erich; Häkkinen, Aapo

Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata has today become part of the cello repertoire but it was originally written for the arpeggione, a form of bowed guitar invented by the Viennese maker Johann Georg Staufer in 1823. With a unique ethereal sound, this instrument reveals the true beauty of Schubert’s initial conception. The Piano Trio No. 2 was performed at the Vienna Musikverein on the first anniversary of Beethoven’s death – its extremes of urgent drama and sublime bittersweet lyricism are characteristic of Schubert’s artistic surge during his final year.

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