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Bohuslav Martinu: The Complete Piano Trios - Trios Nos. 1 - 3; Bergerettes, H 275 / Smetana Trio

Album Summary

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in C major, H. 332
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Bergerettes (5) for piano trio, H. 275
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in D minor, H. 327
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 ("Cinq pièces brèves"), H. 193
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This new release presents the complete piano trios of Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959). The piano trios span two decades of Martinu's life, and his compositional evolution can be seen as the pieces progress. The Smetana Trio, which consists of pianist Jitka Cechova, violinist Jiri Vodicka, and cellist Jan Palenicek, performs these works brilliantly.

Sunday Times, 3rd April 2016
The virtuoso demands of this hugely attractive music are meat and drink to these wonderful Czech musicians, including Jitka Cechova. Indeed, it would be hard to imagine a better way to get to know this exhilarating and fresh music than from the hands, heads and hearts of the Smetanas.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2016
It's already obvious that the music for piano trio performed here by the Smetana Trio is going straight on the shortlist for 2016. Martinu's chamber music reveals originality at every turn; there's so much of it, but each new discovery - sonata, duo, trio, quartet, serenade - seems to unveil a gem... .It's hard to imagine more ardent champions for this visceral, unpredictable music. And clear, warm sound is exactly what we've come to expect from the Supraphon label over the years.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Martínek Studio, Prague (05/2015-12/2015).



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Works Details

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in C major, H. 332
  • Ensemble: Smetana Trio
  • Notes: Composition written: 04/21/1951-05/15/1951.
  • Running Time: 20 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Bergerettes (5) for piano trio, H. 275
  • Ensemble: Smetana Trio
  • Running Time: 21 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 02/20/1939

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in D minor, H. 327
  • Ensemble: Smetana Trio
  • Notes: Composition written: 02/10/1950-02/22/1950.
  • Running Time: 16 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 ("Cinq pièces brèves"), H. 193
  • Ensemble: Smetana Trio
  • Notes: Composition written: 05/20/1930-05/30/1930.
  • Running Time: 10 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern