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Shostakovich: Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2; Seven Romances on Poems of Alexander Blok / Susan Gritton / Florestan Trio

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 8
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Suite of Romances (7) for soprano & piano trio, Op. 127
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E minor, Op. 67
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

After sixteen years of exceptional achievement and vast critical acclaim, the career paths of the members of The Florestan Trio are diverging. Sadly, the trio will disband at the end of this year and this disc marks the end of their studio career. For their final recording, the trio performs an all-Shostakovich program comprising the two piano trios and the Seven Romances on Poems of Alexander Blok, for which they are joined by soprano Susan Gritton. Written in 1923, the first trio was an astonishing achievement for a seventeen-year-old student. The second, one of the composer's greatest masterpieces, was premiered some twenty years later. The romances were the response to a request by Mstislav Rostropovich for repertoire he and his wife could perform together. As always, The Florestan Trio displays the impeccable interpretative judgment and musicianship that have been the hallmark of their many recordings for Hyperion.

Works:
Shostakovich: Piano Trios Nos, 1 & 2; Seven Romances on Poems of Alexander Bok

Artists:
Florestan Trio
Susan Gritton (Soprano)

"Gritton cop[es] with the turbulent high-lying opening verses [of Gamayun] before shading her voice to deliver the chilling final lines...The Florestan judges its performances extremely well...The players maintain a raw, nervy quality - this is playing close to the edge...Highly recommended." -International Record Review

"Usually heard in 19th-century repertoire, the Trio close their recording career with typical panache...There is nothing Russian about Susan Gritton’s soprano but her English colouring still lets in plenty of heat. Superb playing throughout; they will be missed." -The Times

"The Florestan Trio performs with terrific presence, precision, immediacy and palpable atmosphere. They delve beneath the surface to find and project the nuances of expression that lend these works their special flavour of soul searching. Even the “First Trio” – a work dedicated to one of Shostakovich’s loves, Tatyana Glivenko – seems to inhabit a world coloured more by nostalgia and anxiety than out-and-out ardour. In the “Second Trio” these feelings are intensified even further." -The Telegraph



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Works Details

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 8
  • Ensemble: Florestan Trio (England)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1923.
  • Running Time: 11 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1923

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Suite of Romances (7) for soprano & piano trio, Op. 127
  • Performers: Susan Gritton (Soprano); Richard Lester (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Florestan Trio (England)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (01/11/2010-01/13/2010)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1967

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E minor, Op. 67
  • Ensemble: Florestan Trio (England)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (01/11/2010-01/13/2010)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1944