Le Palais des Dégustateurs announced the release of violinist VC Artist Noah Bendix-Balgley's two new albums, entitled "Franz Schubert – Complete Piano Trios."
"Franz Schubert's piano trios Op. 99 and Op. 100 are two of my all-time favorite works of chamber music and it was a dream come true to record them with Robert Levin and Peter Wiley," Noah told The Violin Channel.
"Schubert expresses the full range of human emotion in these works, from innocence, playfulness, and beauty to heartbreak, despair, and terror. Every time I play this music I am awed by Schubert's genius.
"I hope listeners will sense the joy that we have playing with each other and our love of Schubert's music. Also, I'm hopeful that listeners can enjoy the lesser-known works on the album: the charming early movement 'Sonatensatz' D28, the Notturno, as well as two versions of the Finale of Op. 100."
Noah elaborated on the two versions of the Finale of the Piano Trio No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 100:
"The shorter version that was published is without repeats and has a couple of large cuts in the middle of the movement. Schubert had been advised by friends that his original movement was too long," he said.
"The original uncut version (which we prefer) clocks in at over 20 minutes (1076 measures!), but with the exposition repeat and the full development, the gargantuan sonata form of the movement becomes clear, and some of the most extreme (and terrifying) music from Schubert's output is retained. We wanted to give listeners the chance to hear both versions and decide for themselves!"
Franz Schubert – Complete Piano Trios
Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin
Peter Wiley, cello
Robert Levin, piano
Label: Le Palais des Dégustateurs
Release Date: October 9, 2020