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Mendelssohn, Arensky, Tchaikovsky & Shostakovich: Piano Trios / Cho Piano Trio


Notes & Reviews:

The CHO PIANO TRIO is one of the few ensembles whose members are very familiar with each other since they originate as sibling of a family. All three were studying in Korea, the U.S. and Germany. In 1978 they started to perform together. Shortly thereafter, the CHO PIANO TRIO received awards at major international competitions in Geneva and Munich. Since then, the trio has performed concerts all over the world ranking among the leading ensembles. In addition to their engagement in the trio, the three siblings are also active as well-known soloist. These partly re-released recordings from the 80s document a delight of making music together with such a precision and show the still relatively young ensemble at the highest level.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
Tchaikovsky's Piano Trio was dedicated to the pianist and composer Nikolai Rubinstein. Tchaikovsky had long intended to write something to show Rubinstein's gift for playing with other musicians. Like their Tchaikovsky, the Cho's Arensky surpasses the Moscow Trio's (included on that 2013 release). I was delighted by the humor and inventiveness of the work, especially the quirkiness of II. Cho's delivery is stunning! The passagework in the piano is brilliant. I even enjoyed their reading of Shostakovich's Trio 2, a work I don't care for, simply for their variety of color. If you like Shostakovich, you'll like this performance.


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