Schubert: Music for Piano Trio / C. Tetzlaff, T. Tetzlaff, Vogt

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This new double-album by pianist Lars Vogt, violinist Christian Tetzlaff and cellist Tanja Tetzlaff includes some of Franz Schubert's greatest works of chamber music, including his Piano Trios and the Arpeggione Sonata in breath-taking interpretations. Pianist Lars Vogt tragically passed away on September 5, 2022 due to a serious illness before this album of Schubert’s chamber music was released. This album stands as a testament of his outstanding chamber musicianship together with his long-time chamber music partners Christian Tetzlaff and Tanja Tetzlaff. “If not much time remains, then it’s a worthy farewell. - - Incomprehensible. Such expression. Such fragility, such love.”


These are studio recordings made in separate sessions in 2021. Everything one could want in Schubert’s Piano Trios is present: rhythmic buoyancy, beautiful phrasing, united ensemble playing that still leaves room for individual voices, and inner joy in the music-making. There’s also the ineffable feeling of sympathy among three friends who feel free to be themselves without departing from the wholeness of a performance.

-- Fanfare

These 2020–2021 recordings containing the complete extant works for piano trio of Franz Schubert and featuring the well-known trio of cellist Tanja Tetzlaff, pianist Lars Vogt, and Tanja’s brother, violinist Christian Tetzlaff, are being released at this time partly in memory of Vogt’s untimely passing in September of last year. The recollections of both Tetzlaffs and their dignified expressions of sorrow for the loss of a longtime friend and collaborator who will certainly be very difficult to replace as the piano voice of the trio are most eloquent and moving.

In two well-filled CDs we are given all the music Schubert is known to have written for piano, violin and cello, including Piano Trios No. 1 in B-flat, D898 (Op. 99) and No. 2 in E-flat Major, D929 (Op. 100), the indescribably lovely Notturno in E-flat, D897, which was originally intended as the slow movement of Trio No. 1; a “Rondo brillant” in B Minor. D895; and a fine arrangement for cello and piano of the “Arpeggione” Sonata in A Minor, D821. The last-named gave new viability to a richly textured work originally written for a hybrid instrument that was soon considered strictly from Vaudeville and vanished from the musical scene.

All these works receive a stamp of excellence for the artistry Vogt and the Tetzlaffs apply here.

-- Audio Video Club of Atlanta (Phil Muse)

Product Description:

  • Release Date: February 03, 2023

  • Catalog Number: ODE 1394-2D

  • UPC: 761195139424

  • Label: Ondine

  • Number of Discs: 2

  • Period: Romantic

  • Composer: Franz Schubert

  • Performer: Christian Tetzlaff, Tanja Tetzlaff, Lars Vogt


  1. Trio for Strings and Piano No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 99, D. 898

    Composer: Franz Schubert

    Performer: Lars Vogt (Piano), Christian Tetzlaff (Violin), Tanja Tetzlaff (Cello)

  2. Trio for Piano and Strings in E-Flat Major, Op. 148, D. 897, "Notturno"

    Composer: Franz Schubert

    Performer: Lars Vogt (Piano), Christian Tetzlaff (Violin), Tanja Tetzlaff (Cello)

  3. Rondo in B Minor, Op. 70, D. 895, "Rondo brillant"

    Composer: Franz Schubert

    Performer: Christian Tetzlaff (Violin), Lars Vogt (Piano)

  4. Trio for Strings and Piano No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 100, D. 929

    Composer: Franz Schubert

    Performer: Lars Vogt (Piano), Christian Tetzlaff (Violin), Tanja Tetzlaff (Cello)

  5. Sonata in A Minor, D. 821, "Arpeggione"

    Composer: Franz Schubert

    Performer: Tanja Tetzlaff (Cello), Lars Vogt (Piano)