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Josef Bohuslav Foerster: Complete Piano Trios / Janacek Trio

Album Summary

>Foerster, Josef Bohuslav : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in F minor, Op. 8
>Foerster, Josef Bohuslav : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in B flat major, Op. 38
>Foerster, Josef Bohuslav : Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in A minor, Op. 105
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The works of Josef Bohuslav Foerster (1859 - 1951) have deservedly experienced a renaissance in recent years. Following the acclaimed albums of his two violin concertos (SU 3961-2), cello concerto (SU 3989-2) and complete string quartets (SU 4050-2), SUPRAPHON has now released the first-ever digital recording featuring the complete Foerster piano trios. And as in the case of the string quartets, the three piano trios too represent various creative phases, with the first and third being divided by almost four decades. Foerster dedicated his first trio to Edvard Grieg. The Norwegian composer lauded "the earnest, emotionally profound talent, tending towards high ideals". The final trio was written in Prague, where Foerster had returned after living and working in Hamburg and Vienna for twenty-five years. The piece reflects the tumultuous post-war musical development and can be designated as one of Foerster's most progressive compositions.

Fanfare Magazine
This is gorgeous stuff, and the Janácek Trio plays these works with an emotional fervor that exudes from their pores. A possible Want List candidate, this superb release is as sure to advance Forester's standing as it is to enhance your collection.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
They are more daring and imaginative, and the string players have a range of tone color lacking in the current recording. Even the fidelity of the sound is much better in the earlier performances. I do commend the Janacek Trio for undertaking this music, since any adequate recording will draw attention to these excellent trios.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Martínek Studio, Prague (04/2010); Martínek Studio, Prague (10/2009); Martínek Studio, Prague (11/2010).



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Works Details

>Foerster, Josef Bohuslav : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in F minor, Op. 8
  • Ensemble: Janácek Trio (Piano Trio)
  • Notes: Martínek Studio, Prague (04/2010); Martínek Studio, Prague (10/2009); Martínek Studio, Prague (11/2010)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1882-1883

>Foerster, Josef Bohuslav : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in B flat major, Op. 38
  • Ensemble: Janácek Trio (Piano Trio)
  • Notes: Martínek Studio, Prague (04/2010); Martínek Studio, Prague (10/2009); Martínek Studio, Prague (11/2010)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1894

>Foerster, Josef Bohuslav : Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in A minor, Op. 105
  • Ensemble: Janácek Trio (Piano Trio)
  • Notes: Martínek Studio, Prague (04/2010); Martínek Studio, Prague (10/2009); Martínek Studio, Prague (11/2010)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1919-1921