Mozart's Divertimento for String Trio is one of his greatest of all chamber works, which is saying quite a bit. It ranks with the Quartets dedicated to Haydn, the String Quintets K.511 and 516, and the Clarinet Quintet. It works best if it is played as a Divertimento, emphasizing the joy of the work rather than the profundity.
For decades the iconic recording of this work has been that of the Grumiaux Trio. This recording works far better than the Grumiaux's Mozart Quintets, where Grumiaux allowed his first violin part to be emphasised too much, however glorious his playing.
The Zimmermans are thoughtful and extroverted, without playing too loud in the fortes. Moreover, their recording is better engineerred than either of the two Grumiaux cds released by Philips.
The Schubert string trio is hardly as profound as the Mozart but benefits from being played in the same manner. I have to go back to the recording of the Vienna Philharmonic Quartet to be as satisfied (and it was never released on cd).
I highly recommend this recording.
Plays Mozart & Schubert
CD, SACD, インポート, 2010/12/21