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1. Piano Trio No. 1 in C Minor, 'Poème', Op. 8 - The Floreston Trio
2. Pesnya Ofelii, 'Ophelia's Song' - Susan Gritton/The Floreston Trio
3. Gamayun, Ptitsa Veshchaya, 'Gamayun, the Prophet Bird' - Susan Gritton/The Floreston Trio
4. Mï Bïli Vmeste, 'We Were Together' - Susan Gritton/The Floreston Trio
5. Gorod Spit, 'The City Sleeps' - Susan Gritton/The Floreston Trio
6. Burya, 'The Storm' - Susan Gritton/The Floreston Trio
7. Tayniye Znaki, 'Mysterious Signs' - Susan Gritton/The Floreston Trio
8. Muzïka - Susan Gritton/The Floreston Trio
9. Andante - The Floreston Trio
10. Allegro Non Troppo - The Floreston Trio
11. Largo - The Floreston Trio
12. Allegretto - The Floreston Trio

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Trios avec piano n°1, op.8 & n°2, op.67 - 7 Romances sur des poèmes d'Alexander Blok, op.127 / Susan Gritton, soprano - Trio Florestan

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The Floristan judges its performance extremely well.The opening harmonic whispers on the cello,playing above the violin line when it enters,set the the ghostly atmosphere.The players maintain a raw,nervy quailty-this is playing close to the edge. --IRR,Apr'11

The Floristans fully capture the youthful ardour and impetuosity of the First Trio.They are in equally inspired form in the Seven Blok Romances providing mesmersing and powerfully etched accompaniments to Susan Gritton's achingly beautiful singing. Performance****(*) Recording ***** --BBC Music Magazine,June'11

There's poetry in the performance throughout this fine chamber disc. --Gramophone,july'11

Loads to admire here-an intriguing choice of repertoire i played with meticulous care for structual balance,the music's expressive sou and its timbral suppleness.Who needs more 5th symphonies when gems like this are ripe for discovery? ***** --Classic fm Magazine,July'11

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A Brilliant Recording, but alas, The Florestan Trio's Finale 18 May 2011
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There are few Piano Trios performing today that can match the technical precision and the ability to capture the essence of the various composers whose music they interpret of the Florestan Trio; Susan Tomes, piano, Anthony Marwood, violin, and Richard Lester, cello. For the past 16 years (and some 21 recordings) they have been the premiere ensemble in this venue. For their final recording, or adieu, they have provided one of their finest. On this sensitively programmed CD they perform the two Shostakovich Piano Trios - opus 8 in C minor and opus 67 in E minor. Rarely have these two dark works succeeded so well, not only with the extraordinary finesse with which they are played but also with the understanding of Shostakovich's troubled soul's response to oppression or man's inhumanity toward man that these performances hold. These are simply the finest recordings of these works available.

And as if that weren't enough to convince the listener of the importance of both the composer's music and the quality of history the trio has enjoyed they have added another Brit, the gifted Susan Gritton, to sing the rarely heard 'Seven Romances on Poems of Alexander Blok, opus 127, written in response to a request by Mstislav Rostropovich for repertoire he and his wife could perform together. This unusual and intimate sequence of Romances conveys the sweetness and intensity of love, threatened by intimations of darkness. Susan Gritton's intelligent reading finds that treacherous midline between the soaring vocal line and the dark, almost menacing setting of the songs. Especially in the final song - `Muzïka' - there is a sense of focused intensity among the trio and soloist that is breathtaking.

This is a recording that for many reasons should be part of every music lover's library and likely will be at the top of the lists for Grammy awards. Grady Harp, May 11
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