No-one could complain about a shortage of recordings of Schubert's Trios, or of Notturno: the discography boasts some truly sumptuous performances, whether by soloists assembled for the occasion (Gendron and the Menuhin siblings, Rose-Stern-Istomin, Cortot-Thibaud-Casals for the First), or existing ensembles (Beaux-Arts, Wanderer, etc.): but all the same, we can only welcome this new release from the Trio Elégiaque, made up of violinist Philippe Aïche – first violin of the Orchestre de Paris – Virginie Constant on the cello – winner of the Maria Canals prize – and François Dumont (winner of the Chopin and Queen Elizabeth prizes). The ensemble was set up a decade or so ago, and was quickly recognised as one of the most important chamber music ensembles in the European musical landscape. A first complete recording of Beethoven's Trios was unanimously hailed by critics; the ensemble also enjoys rediscovering more neglected works (or more contemporary ones), like Rimsky-Korsakov's Trio, or Pascal Dusapin's, or the 4th by Nicolas Bacri which is dedicated to Dusapin, or even the Trios of Henri-Napoléon Reber... Talk about rare! This vision of Schubert, lyrical and yet transparent, is more than a match even for its most illustrious predecessors.