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Smetana, Martinu, Eben: Piano Trios

Audio Samples

>Smetana, Bedrich : Trio for Piano and Strings in G minor, JB 1
>     64 (Op. 15)
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 ("Cinq pieces breves"), H. 193
>Eben, Petr : Piano Trio

Album Summary

>Smetana, Bedrich : Trio for Piano and Strings in G minor, JB 1
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 ("Cinq pieces breves"), H. 193
>Eben, Petr : Piano Trio
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Florestan Trio is one of Britain's best-loved chamber groups, and its many Hyperion recordings are routinely acclaimed as benchmark versions of the repertoire. The three works on this CD cover the complete span of what is usually thought of as the Czech school of composition. Smetana, regarded as the founding father, first showed the way to bring traditional dance and song into the mainstream of European composition, forging a national style. Eben, who died in 2007, was one of the most distinguished composers who carried this line to the present day. But, as these three contrasting pieces demonstrate, Czech composers were subject to very different kinds of influence at different times. Smetana's trio, an early work, shows more influence from the mainstream giants of the time - particularly Schumann and Liszt - than it does from any ‘folk' elements. By the time Martinu wrote his first piano trio he was immersed in the exciting cosmopolitan culture of twentieth-century Paris. And Petr Eben took the neoclassicism of Martinu and his contemporaries, and developed his own individual approach to it.

'An imaginatively planned programme ... [Eben Trio] The work of a man with a keen ear and a probing spirit ... This is the sort of score that the Florestans seem to relish, music full of subtle shades, many of them tucked carefully within subsidiary voices ... [Smetana] It's an immensely imposing piece, written in the wake of great personal loss, and the Florestans do it justice ... This is an excellent programme, beautifully recorded' (Gramophone)

'The Florestan Trio give exemplary accounts of the two classic Czech trios ... Apart from the masterly Suk Trio, it is difficult to imagine them surpassed ... All in all, this is a stimulating programme with recorded sound in the high traditions of the house' (International Record Review)

'The Florestan are particularly successful in the two 20th-century trios. The brief Adagio of the Martinu is remarkably moving. If anything, the Eben is more impressive with the players completely in command of his distinctive and often introspective idiom' (BBC Music Magazine)

The Guardian
Their performance of the Smetana is very fine indeed...wonderfully expressive...right from the opening violin solo to the relentless intensity of the finale.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London (12/09/2008-12/11/2008).



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Works Details

>Smetana, Bedrich : Trio for Piano and Strings in G minor, JB 1 :: 64 (Op. 15)
  • Performer: Florestan Trio (Trio)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (12/09/2008-12/11/2008)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1855

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 ("Cinq pièces brèves"), H. 193
  • Performer: Florestan Trio (Trio)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (12/09/2008-12/11/2008)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Eben, Petr : Piano Trio
  • Performer: Florestan Trio (Trio)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (12/09/2008-12/11/2008)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1986