Dresdner Streichtrio

Mozart: Divertimento, KV 563; Schubert: Trio, D 581

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There must be poor performances of Mozart's Divertimento for string trio in E flat major, K. 563, and Schubert's String Trio in B flat major, D. 581, on record, but they are hard to come by given that the works themselves are so lovely that they seem to attract only first-rate music-making. Unsurprisingly, then, this 1998 recording released in 2007 by the Dresdner Streichtrio is incandescently lovely. Made up of violinist Jörg Fassman, violist Sebastian Herberg, and cellist Michael Pfaender -- all members of the Dresden Staatskapelle -- the group performs with a sweet but not sentimental tone, warm but not cloying intonation, and tight but never severe ensemble. In the expansive Mozart, the trio gives the music exactly the effortlessness elegance it needs, while in the more compact Schubert, the musicians the singing lyricism it demands. Recorded in clear, direct, and amazingly realistic sound by Impressium, this disc is a delight.

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