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Shostakovich / Tchaikovsky: Piano Trios [Live]

Mischa Maisky Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Aug 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00000JSAC
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,320 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. ApplauseAudience Applause0:24£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Trio No.2, Op.67 - 1. Andante - Moderato - Poco più mossoMartha Argerich 7:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Trio No.2, Op.67 - 2. Allegro con brioMartha Argerich 2:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Trio No.2, Op.67 - 3. LargoMartha Argerich 5:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Trio No.2, Op.67 - 4. Allegretto - AdagioMartha Argerich12:11Album Only
Listen  6. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50 - 1. Pezzo elegiaco (Moderato assai - Allegro giusto)Martha Argerich18:29Album Only
Listen  7. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50 - 2. (A) Tema con variazioni: Andante con motoMartha Argerich0:58£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50 - Var. I: L'istesso tempoMartha Argerich0:45£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50 - Var. II: Più mossoMartha Argerich0:31£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50 - Var. III: Allegro moderatoMartha Argerich0:48£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50 - Var. IV: L'istesso tempoMartha Argerich0:58£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50 - Var. V: L'istesso tempoMartha Argerich0:38£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50 - Var. VI: Tempo di valseMartha Argerich 2:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50 - Var. VII: Allegro moderatoMartha Argerich 1:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50 - Var. VIII: Fuga (Allegro moderato)Martha Argerich 2:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50 - Var. IX: Andante flebile, ma non tantoMartha Argerich 3:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50 - Var. X: Tempo di mazurkaMartha Argerich 1:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50 - Var. XI: ModeratoMartha Argerich 2:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50 - 2. (B) Variazione finale e Coda (Allegretto risoluto e con fuoco -Martha Argerich 6:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50 - 2. - [Coda] LugubreMartha Argerich 5:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Peter Kiesewetter: Tango pathétiqueMartha Argerich 2:19£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Amazon.co.uk Review

Although these musicians have previously played together in duos, you are not likely to hear the trio of Martha Argerich, Gidon Kremer, and Mischa Maisky every day. The friends have attempted to perform as a threesome for decades, but it took sheer luck, and a few 1998 dates in Japan, to find the acclaimed pianist, violinist and cellist onstage together. Recorded as a tribute to Reinhard Paulsen, the late manager of Argerich and Kremer, this disc features two of chamber music's darkest pieces: Shostakovich's op. 67 and Tchaikovsky's op. 50 for piano and strings. Both composers wrote these works as elegies, and the effect of the pairing is riveting; the Shostakovich is bleak and occasionally violent (the use of Jewish melodies makes this as much a remembrance of the Holocaust as of any individual), while Tchaikovsky's epic, nearly 50-minute piece requires more patience but is even more expansive. Though the musicians have not performed these pieces before, they have an intuitive grasp of the music--Kremer seems meant for these lyrical, personal violin passages, and Argerich is ready to unleash her fury at a moment's notice. Sonically, Maisky's cello is slightly obscured by his powerhouse peers, but he serves as a sobering backbone to these compositions. The very short tango by contemporary Peter Kiesewetter acts as an encore, a two-minute reminder that these friends know how to have fun too. --Jason Verlinde

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CD W/Kremer, Argerich, Maisky

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars out of the ordinary 13 May 2012
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Such is the passion and verve of the playing in this live recording that you are liable to reach for your seat belt! The Tchaikovsky has rarely sounded this urgent, with a seamless ebb and flow of melodic outpouring between the players. It is a work I love more than anything else by Tchaikovsky, mainly for the no-holds-barred melodic style, which risks over-emphasis but in fact has a thrilling definiteness about it, like a drawing done in a thick rough line. And also for the piano writing, which is so big in scale, it is like a concerto, but it surges on through riffs of fabulous virtuosity, challenging the string instruments to ride it an octave apart like determined corks on the waves. Well I may be getting carried away, but how else is one to evoke such excitement as this work generates? It is such a coup for DG to have caught these artists live - you would have thought it might have been a priority, but apparently not, and we can thank the stars that it ever came to pass ... Martha Argerich is legendary in the first concerto which she has recorded three times, but apparently she learnt this work especially for this tour, and I think it has even more of a frisson than the concerto (or perhaps equal to the one with Kondrashin). It is a cornucopia of thrills for the ear, of fleet-fingered elan and sudden surges and blurs, and of electrifying rapture, which is fully participated in by all three players. You can't imagine how intense the final reprise of the theme can possibly be, and then it kicks in and surpasses your wildest expectation. There is not a single note that isn't fully experienced and recreated, somehow. The Shostakovich brings forth a performance of similar intensity and the searing quality of this work suffuses every bar; the slow movement is a particularly memorable essay in plangency. Altogether this must stand as one of the great piano trio recordings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest of All Live Performances!!! 24 Jun 2012
By Daniel
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The other reviewers of this recording could hardly express the greatness of this recording any better. All I can do is agree with total conviction. The Shostakovich Piano Trio in E Minor is one of the greatest compositions and recordings I have ever heard. I have listened to many other recordings of the transcendental piece, by many wonderful and renowned ensembles, but none come close to the staggering profundity of this interpretation. It is, quite simply, an ideal of artistic expression. Their phrasing in the final movement is especially miraculous. Their tempo and phrasing combined draw from the music the maximum amount of drama, pathos, horror, cruelty, passion, genius that Shostakovich out into it. It simply defies belief.

You may become addicted to listening to this, so be warned...

One of the All Time Greats.

Thank you Ms. Argerich, Mr. Kremer and Mr. Maisky.

Thank you Mr. Shostakovich for your genius.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value 15 Oct 2013
By Frank
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Masterly playing of two beautifully complementary Russian masterworks. Nicely balanced recording from DG, as you'd expect. And there's a little bonus filler as an encore.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful performance 25 Feb 2013
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Having been to a recent concert where the Tchaikovsky was played, I wanted a recoreding of it. This was the only one I found on Amazon but it had very good reviews so I went for it. Really enjoyed the playing. The Shostakovich was less to my taste but the two together make for a good CD.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  11 reviews
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really wonderful!! (but could be recorded better...) 13 Aug 1999
By Emanuele Passerini (e.passerini@tiscalinet.it) - Published on Amazon.com
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I had been waiting for this CD for months and now I got it. Well, it's really fantastic how these three musicians play together with perfect inter-play, it's a very involving experience. And these trios are some of the most beautiful music I've ever heard, played with a precious "russian" spirit. The only bad thing to say is that recording quality is not so good, although it's one of the last Deutsche Grammophon production. Anyway, buy it!!!!
29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY IT 16 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Wait until you hear these recordings, you will not believe your ears. These three extraordinary artists fully understand one another and this music, otherwise how could they play it with such ferociousness yet dignity and pathos. Two masterpieces wholly realized by three of the worlds greatest musicians. To think the concert tour from which this live recording was taken almost didn't happen. Luckily for us, it did. BUY IT!
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Draining performances 16 Dec 2000
By Michael Whincop - Published on Amazon.com
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These live performances are from Japan. They are wholly individual, representing a synergistic combination from some of the most compelling personalities in classical music. They are alternatively fierce, despairing, exultant. It's important not to think that these works are just played for all they're worth, with every ounce of sentimentality rung out of them. That's not so. The Shostakovich is an ideal example of this. Its score is often spare to the point of gauntness, and AKM render this perfectly. But the terrifying finale is delivered with a desperate, hopeless passion, driven by loss and outrage. The Tchaikovsky is also superb. I cannot think of any performance of any work by this composer -- even Mravinsky's Pathetique -- which approaches the emotional intensity of this performance. The execution is not perfect, but details seem to assume minor importance in the face of this recreation. The return of the theme in the finale is cataclysmic in its impact. The encore is also wonderful -- a mix of whimsy and passion.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 strong personalties, united here 30 Aug 2001
By P. Rah - Published on Amazon.com
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This recording, taken from two live performances in Japan, is unusual, but breathtaking. And contrary to what one reviewer on the review page said, this is not the first time the 3 have played together. It was the year before this present recording was made, in '97 in Verbier, that they played for the first time.
The Shostakovich is a very graphic interpretation, vividly portraying the anger and the pain behind the music. The three performers are very strong personalities and naturally there will be doubt as to how successful their collaboration will be in chamber music. While still maintaining their individual temperaments, the performance as a whole is a keenly united one. The interplay, the communication between the three players is impressive. Some have commented at the lack of techinical accuracy. Maybe that is so, but I sometimes think that some of these 'inaccuracies' are deliberate, to strengthen the music's drama. The Tchaikovsky is also another great Russian piano trio. It was written after the death of a beloved colleague, Nikolai Rubinstein. Incidentally, both trios on this disc were written after both composers lost dear friends. For Shostakovich, it was written in memory of Ivan Sollertinsky. And this disc is dedicated to the memory of Argerich and kremer's manager. So it is quite a deadly affair, this disc!
The Tchaikovsky is a long work - 40 minutes at least. Here it is
nearly 48 minutes! But the playing here is so impassioned and keenly felt that the impression is that it isn't that long at all. A very lyrical, yet powerfully articulated performance like this is rare. All the players are on top form for the Tchaikovsky, and from Argerich there is the strongest support you could imagine for a piano trio. The encore is a very witty 'medley' of Tchaikovsky's works (ranging from the Pathetique symphony, violin concerto, quotes from Eugene Onegin, to the Rococo Variations). Very humorous.
The sound is very vivid, and the booklet contains informative notes by David Brown, and entertaining observations by Argerich's second daughter, Annie, who describes what happened before the performances took place.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking 20 Jun 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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It is a simply stunning performance, based on the talent of three unique musicians. Argerich is somehow the leading power of the trio, while the rest are no less worth praise for their great musicianship. Communication between the musicians adds to the superiority of this recording. Last, but not least: it is a live recording, and any sensitive person can feel that. It may not be the most immaculate perfomance ever recorded, but it has such an atmosphere that cannot be easily achieved in any studio.
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