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.
on 24 June 2012
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.