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Shostakovich: Piano Trio 1 In C Minor Op 8; Schnittke: Piano Trio 2

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E minor, Op. 67
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 8
>Schnittke, Alfred : Trio Sonata, for chamber orchestra (arrangement of "Trio for violin, viola & cello")
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Import Hybrid-SACD pressing.

BBC Music Magazine
Good recordings of Shostakovich's brilliant, tragic Second Piano Trio are already abundant... but this new... version... is one of the best. The bleak, vertiginously - spaced textures of the opening - cello and violin soaring high above the piano's bass line - and the hectic, defiant energy of the Scherzo have seldom been better caught. But for me the disc's highlight is Schnittke's trio... Kempf and his colleagues project an intensity of involvement that is utterly convincing, and really integrate the second movement's distorted reflections of the first so that nothing sounds inessential. The SACD recording has remarkable presence.

Gramophone Magazine
A worthy souvenir of a fine ensemble...At once it is clear that its discourse is to be presented as genuine chamber music, without the breast-beating public rhetoric favoured by Argerich and friends...The understated approach has its attractions: Freddy Kempf is always crisp and transparent.

The Telegraph
Anyone who doubts the spiritual desolation wrought by Soviet communism need only listen to this disc...The Shostakovich is impressively intense.

The Times
Formed in 2000, the Kempf Trio has now disbanded, but not before [they] made much sweet music together, especially in Russian repertoire, as this 2004 recording shows [...] Kempf's responsive playing is always a delight. So is the vibrant recording.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Nybrokajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden (04/2004).



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Works Details

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E minor, Op. 67
  • Ensemble: Kempf Trio
  • Running Time: 27 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1944

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 8
  • Ensemble: Kempf Trio
  • Notes: Composition written: 1923.
  • Running Time: 13 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1923

>Schnittke, Alfred : Trio Sonata, for chamber orchestra (arrangement of "Trio for violin, viola & cello")
  • Ensemble: Kempf Trio
  • Running Time: 15 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1987