Dvorak / Fibich / Martinu - Piano Trios | Supraphon SU39272

Dvorak / Fibich / Martinu - Piano Trios


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Label: Supraphon

Cat No: SU39272

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 11th October 2007



In their third recording for Supraphon, the Smetana Trio presents us with three piano trios from the recent chapters of Czech music history.
The oldest piece on the album, Zdeněk Fibich’s Piano Trio in F minor, was written in 1872 when the composer was just twenty-one years old. This remarkable piece bears witness to Fibich’s extraordinary talent and is perhaps the second important piano trio in the Czech literature after Smetana’s Trio in G minor (recorded on SU 3810-2).
Following their prize-winning recordings of Dvořák’s Trios Nos 3 and 4 (SU38722), the ensemble has recorded his Piano Trio No. 1. This piece, completed only three years after Fibich’s, employs a wide range of expressions from fascinating cannon sections to lyrically calm passages to the stirring optimism of the Finale.
The CD closes with the 1950 Piano Trio in D minor, one of the best works of Bohuslav Martinů’s later life. It brings his neoclassical period to a close and bears distinctive signs of the synthetic style that characterized the last period of his compositions.
This CD promises to be a worthy successor to their previous album (SU 38722) which received a number of awards including the 2007 BBC Music Magazine Chamber Award and the Diapason d’Or.
Smetana Trio: Jitka Čechová – piano, Jana Vonášková – violin, Jan Páleníček – cello.

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