For the Record, Op. 143: Noah Bendix-Balgley, Peter Wiley and Robert Levin's Schubert Trios

January 29, 2021, 1:17 PM · Welcome to "For the Record,"'s weekly roundup of new releases of recordings by violinists, violists, cellists and other classical musicians. We hope it helps you keep track of your favorite artists, as well as find some new ones to add to your listening!

Bendix-Balgley trio
L-R: Noah Bendix-Balgley, Robert Levin and Peter Wiley.

Complete Schubert Piano Trios
Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin
Peter Wiley, cello
Robert Levin, piano

If you enjoy the music of Franz Schubert, here is a dream team of musicians performing some of the composer's most profound works. While Schubert wrote a short work for piano trio when he was just 15, his main trios - Op.99 and Op. 100 - were written within the last year of his short life, which ended in 1828 at age 31. The music is in fine hands with Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley, pianist and well-known musicologist Robert Levin, and Curtis Institute professor and former Beaux-Arts Trio cellist Peter Wiley, who first met at a chamber music festival in Nevada and have taken every chance to play together since. "For Op. 100," said Bendix-Balgley, "we present two versions of the last movement. The short version is without repeat 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. The original uncut version (which we prefer) clocks in at over 20 minutes, but with the exposition repeat and the full development, the gargantuan sonata form of the movement becomes clear, and some of most extreme (and terrifying) music from Schubert's output is retained."
BELOW: Schubert's Trio in B flat major: D. 28 "Sonatensatz":

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