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Rachmaninov: Trio Elégiaque No. 1; Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio Op. 50 / Trio Testore

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Trio élégiaque, for piano & strings in G minor, TN ii/34
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Trio for Piano and Strings in A minor, Op. 50
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Audite's second SACD release with the Trio Testore sheds light on a special side of Russian chamber music: the personal, passionate works for piano trio, both conceived as dedications and memorials, by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. Tchaikovsky composed his only Piano Trio in memory of his mentor and friend Nikolai Rubinstein, paying tribute to Rubinstein's pianistic brilliance in the work's demanding piano part. Rachmaninov took this two-movement work and its fundamentally elegiac character as a model when he composed his First Piano Trio at the age of seventeen.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
As for the remaining works, Testore includes Rachmaninoff's Trio 1. The one played here is a very early work, not published until after Rachmaninoff's death. The notes to this release theorize that this work, too, was meant as an homage to Tchaikovsky, and points out several clear stylistic references. The Testore give it a very Russian interpretation, romantic and (after the gentle beginning) muscular.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem (10/21/2013/10/22/2013).



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Works Details

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Trio élégiaque, for piano & strings in G minor, TN ii/34
  • Ensemble: Trio Testore (Piano Trio)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem (10/21/2013/10/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Trio for Piano and Strings in A minor, Op. 50
  • Ensemble: Trio Testore (Piano Trio)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem (10/21/2013/10/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 48 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1882