Though he did not turn to the piano trio genre in earnest until the end of his short life, Schubert's two primary contributions to the literature were written on a grand scale of ethereal beauty, breathtaking melancholy, and youthful jubilance. Although the trios in E flat and B flat are the most well-known and frequently played, they were not Schubert's only forays into the medium. The "E flat Adagio," often referred to as Nocturne, is often thought to be a first attempt at the "E flat Trio"'s slow movement but works quite well as a stand-alone work. From Schubert's student days, there is also the "B flat Trio" movement, an exuberant portrait of the composer's early writing. Performing these complete trios on this Nimbus Alliance album is the Vienna Schubert Trio, a short-lived ensemble founded in 1985 and disbanded in 1993. Its straightforward, no-nonsense approach to its namesake's repertoire points back to a tutelage under the Beaux Arts Trio. Technically, the trio's members are generally solid; intonation between the strings is good, though certainly not flawless, particularly in Schubert's harmonically divergent development sections. Pianist Claus-Christian Schuster can be heavy handed at times, but he generally does an acceptable job of creating a nice balance with the strings. The interpretations are certainly not revolutionary or even innovative, something that might be expected considering the name of the ensemble. Listeners looking for a decent, all-around recording of these trios would likely be satisfied with this recording; those looking for a more profound, meticulously polished performance may find this set to fall short.