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Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor; Shostakovich: Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2 / Smetana Trio

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 8
>Ravel, Maurice : Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in A minor
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E minor, Op. 67
Performer Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The award-winning Smetana Trio's latest offering includes two chamber music masterworks, Maurice Ravel's one-and-only piano trio and Dmitri Shostakovich's E-minor wartime trio. The Smetana Trio has an extensive discography and has recorded exclusively for Supraphon since 2000, and are recognized as the premiere piano trio in their native Czech Republic. The Smetana Trio tour extensively as a both chamber music ensemble and orchestral soloists.

BBC Music Magazine, July 2014
The Smetana's performance of the Ravel is not coolly 'Classical', but fully alive to its poignancy and inventive colouring. Pianist Jitka Cechova starts a touch slower than Ravel's metronome marking, yet she and her colleagues observe Ravel's relative tempos scrupulously, and the music - given time to breathe- becomes unusually expressive.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2014
Shostakovich's wartime Second Trio, such a powerful work, gets a splendid performance...the Smetana players know just what to do for maximum effect...the Smetana Trio respond most beautifully to Ravel's more sensuous passages and give us a real sense of the work's breadth and emotional range.

International Record Review, May 2014
This [First Shostakovich] Trio can sometimes seem rather a rambling piece, but such is the conviction and intensity of this new Smetana Trio performance here that any doubts are swept aside, and the ardent sincerity of the music shines throughout...this is a disc that triumphantly confirms the pre-eminence of this marvellous Czech ensemble, and I recommend it very warmly.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Martínek Studio, Prague (2013-09-19_2013-09-22&2013-).



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Works Details

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 8
  • Performer: Smetana Trio (Trio)
  • Ensemble: Smetana Trio
  • Notes: Martínek Studio, Prague (2013-09-19_2013-09-22&2013-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1923

>Ravel, Maurice : Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in A minor
  • Performer: Smetana Trio (Trio)
  • Notes: Martínek Studio, Prague (2013-09-19_2013-09-22&2013-)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1914

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E minor, Op. 67
  • Performer: Smetana Trio (Trio)
  • Notes: Martínek Studio, Prague (2013-09-19_2013-09-22&2013-)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1944