Schubert, Complete Works for Violin and Piano, Vol. 1, J. Fischer, M. Helmchen
(released on September 29, 2009)
PentaTone PTC 5186 347
Three Sonatinas for Violin and Piano (op. 137) | Rondo Brillant (D. 895)
If pressed to recommend a single recording of these works to own, my tendency would be still to go with Manze-Egarr. That being said, Julia Fischer is the better violinist and she and Helmchen form a solid team in terms of ensemble unity. His discs for PentaTone are my first experience hearing him play, although I have been reading about him lately -- some more thoughts about the way he plays Schubert shortly. Both he and Fischer often restrain their sound as if in imitation of 19th-century instruments, just without the occasional clunkiness and odd intonation. The greater facility is quite noticeable, with those movement timings that are not basically the same as Manze-Egarr's being considerably shorter. For a listener not interested in a period instrument performance, this is a lovely disc to own, not least for the pristine sound (and the discounted price at Amazon at the moment, for an SACD, doesn't hurt). Even if you already own the Manze-Egarr disc, this would make an excellent modern instrument alternative, or perhaps you would want to match that disc with Fischer's second volume, which will reportedly also feature her playing the piano (which she does quite well by all reports), on the F minor fantasy for four hands (D. 940) with Helmchen.