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Russian Piano Trios - Works by Tchaikovsky; Glinka, Arensky, Taneyev, Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov / Moscow Piano Trio [3 CDs]

> Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50 - I. Pezzo elegiaco
> Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50 - II A. Tema con variazioni: Tema: Andante con moto
> Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50 - II B. Variazione Finale e Coda
> Trio pathetique in D Minor - I. Allegro moderato
> Trio pathetique in D Minor - II. Scherzo: Vivacissimo
> Trio pathetique in D Minor - III. Largo
> Trio pathetique in D Minor - IV. Allegro con spirito
> Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 32 - I. Allegro moderato
> Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 32 - II. Scherzo
> Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 32 - III. Elegia
> Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 32 - IV. Finale
> Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 22 - I. Allegro
> Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 22 - II. Allegro molto
> Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 22 - III. Andante espressivo
> Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 22 - IV. Finale: Allegro con brio
> Piano Trio in C Minor - I. Allegro
> Piano Trio in C Minor - II. Scherzo
> Piano Trio in C Minor - III. Adagio
> Piano Trio in C Minor - IV. Finale: Adagio-Allegro
> Piano Trio in D Major - I. Allegro con brio
> Piano Trio in D Major - II. Romance: Andante
> Piano Trio in D Major - III. Intermezzo: Tempo di minuetto

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Trio for Piano and Strings in A minor, Op. 50
>Glinka, Mikhail : Trio pathetique, for clarinet (or violin), bassoon (or cello) & piano in D minor, G. iv173
>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 32
>Taneyev, Sergei : Trio for Piano and Strings in D major, Op. 22
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Trio, for violn, cello & piano in C minor (completed by Maximilian Steinberg)
>Borodin, Alexander : Trio for Piano and Strings in D major (3 movements only)
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

A fine and substantial collection of piano trios by Russian composers, these works are full blooded, highly romantic, and express the Slavonic soul in the deeply sonorous vibrations of the cello, the soaring melodic lines of the violin and the brilliant and virtuosic flourishes of the piano. This is an excellent performances by the famous Moscow Trio.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
This is outstanding. The strings are very intense, with a very quick vibrato and lots of nuance. The piano is exemplary, especially in the beginning of the Tchaikovsky Andante - you'll never hear more perfectly balanced chords. Like the Tchaikovsky, the Rimsky-Korsakoff is brilliant. Sergei Taneyev (1856-1915) was a student of Tchaikovsky at the Moscow Conservatory and later became its director. His emphasis on form and structure earned him the nickname "the Russian Brahms". Also like Brahms, Taneyev was a master of counterpoint. Glinka's Trio Pathetique it is still worth hearing. It reminds me of early Beethoven. Borodin's unfinished trio is charming. II has the most creative use of pizzicato I've ever heard in a Russian piano trio.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, Moscow (07/1990/01/1992).



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Works Details

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Trio for Piano and Strings in A minor, Op. 50
  • Ensemble: Moscow Trio
  • Running Time: 55 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1882

>Glinka, Mikhail : Trio pathétique, for clarinet (or violin), bassoon (or cello) & piano in D minor, G. iv173
  • Ensemble: Moscow Trio
  • Running Time: 15 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1832

>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 32
  • Ensemble: Moscow Trio
  • Running Time: 32 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1894

>Taneyev, Sergei : Trio for Piano and Strings in D major, Op. 22
  • Ensemble: Moscow Trio
  • Running Time: 42 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906-1908

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Trio, for violn, cello & piano in C minor (completed by Maximilian Steinberg)
  • Ensemble: Moscow Trio
  • Running Time: 44 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897

>Borodin, Alexander : Trio for Piano and Strings in D major (3 movements only)
  • Ensemble: Moscow Trio
  • Running Time: 21 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1860-1861