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Shostakovich: Piano Trios 1 & 2, Seven Romances on verses by Alexander Blok Op.127


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  1. Shostakovich : Piano Trio No.1 in C minor Op. 8
  2. Shostakovich : Piano Trio No.2 in E minor Op.67 : I Andante
  3. Shostakovich : Piano Trio No.2 in E minor Op.67 : II Allegro con brio
  4. Shostakovich : Piano Trio No.2 in E minor Op.67 : III Largo
  5. Shostakovich : Piano Trio No.2 in E minor Op.67 : IV Allegretto
  6. Shostakovich : 7 Romances on Verses by Alexander Blok Op.127 : I Ophelia's song
  7. "Shostakovich : 7 Romances on Verses by Alexander Blok Op.127 : II Gamayun, the bird of prophecy"
  8. "Shostakovich : 7 Romances on Verses by Alexander Blok Op.127 : III ""We were together"""
  9. "Shostakovich : 7 Romances on Verses by Alexander Blok Op.127 : IV ""The city sleeps"""
  10. Shostakovich : 7 Romances on Verses by Alexander Blok Op.127 : V The storm
  11. "Shostakovich : 7 Romances on Verses by Alexander Blok Op.127 : VI ""Mysterious signs"""
  12. Shostakovich : 7 Romances on Verses by Alexander Blok Op.127 : VII Music

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The Beaux Arts Trio has recorded all three works composed by Shostakovich for piano trio. These date respectively from the beginning, the middle and the end of the composer’s career.
The “C minor Piano Trio” was composed in 1923 when Shostakovich was 17 years old and the most brilliant student at the Petrograd Conservatory. It is dedicated to Tatyana Glivenko, an early girlfriend. In the single movement work, Shostakovich tried to avoid the sound of 19th century piano trios and to create original music for a post-Revolutionary society. The trio, characterised by many different tempi and musical characters, was not published until after the composer’s death.
The “E Minor Piano Trio” was begun in 1943 immediately after Shostakovich had completed his 7th and 8th symphonies. It was strongly affected by public and private events including the devastation of the Second World War and the sudden death of his close friend, Ivan Sollertinsky. The finale is grim and disturbing, using Jewish idioms as symbols of oppression and victimhood. The ending is still, like a mass grave.
The final work began life as a composition for Shostakovich’s friends the soprano Galina Vishnevskaya and her husband cellist Mstislav Rostropovich to texts chosen while the composer recovered from a heart attack in 1966. But, realising that he needed other instruments, he added the violin and the piano. In the “Seven Romances on verses by Alexander Blok”, the first three songs are accompanied by solo instruments, the next three by duets and the last song by all three instruments playing together. When Shostakovich’s illness prevented him from playing the piano part himself at the premiere, Vishnevskaya and Rostropovich were joined by Sviatoslav Richter and David Oistrakh. In this recording the soloist is Joan Rodgers, one of Britain’s best loved singers.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9173ef54) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x917333f0) out of 5 stars Excellent Shostakovich recital 23 Feb. 2006
By Bryan Donaldson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is an excellent new release from the Beaux Arts Trio. Shostakovich's early and rarely heard Piano Trio #1 was written at age 17 while the composer was still a student. Extremely accessible and enjoyable, the music shows the composer's trademark wit and satire with none of the crushing emotional distress that imbues nearly every one of his mature masterpieces. The Piano Trio #2 is among Shostakovich's most anguished works. The intensity of Shostakovich's own 1946 recording with Oistrakh and Sadlo (essential listening despite the gritty sound quality) derives in large part from its fury and hysteria. This new Beaux Arts Trio recording approaches the work differently, adopting slightly more deliberate tempos that emphasize the gravity and despair of the occasion. There is less frenzy but more exploration of Shostakovich's wide range of dark shadows, and the drama is chillingly sinister. Listeners familiar with the Beaux Arts Trio will not be surprised by the superlative level of musicianship evidenced here. The players' individual contributions could easily be extolled at length, but the real joy of the group-in concert and on record-is the unbeatable sense of ensemble. The playing is inspired, organic, and intuitive from the first bar, but listen especially to the ominous piano chords in the Largo or the impassioned string duet in the central section of the finale (starting around 5'35). The Seven Romances are haunting and sparsely written, with extensive solo passages for each instrument. Joan Rodgers' singing elegantly conveys the work's desolation and sense of mystery. The whole disc is heartily recommended for the quality playing, choice of repertoire, and clarity of sound.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91733468) out of 5 stars a great effort 18 May 2008
By Ray Barnes - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been fortunate to hear the Beaux Arts Trio perform this music live as well as own this recording. Among chamber music ensembles, they have few peers and no superiors. These performances are a complete success individually and collectively. The violinist Daniel Hope rose beautifully to the challenge in these works, among the most taxing ever written in the Trio literature. His colleagues are brilliant too. The sound, documentation, and vocal contribution are excellent too. A wonderful CD.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9172e858) out of 5 stars The Newest Beaux Arts Trio 5 July 2008
By Frank Benson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This newest incarnation of the Beaux Arts Trio does an excellent job with these trios. To me, the performance is only slightly bettered by the older recording with Greenhouse and Cohen. This may be because of my love for the Greenhouse cello sound. It certainly doesn't hurt to have both recordings and Pressler's performance in both is amazing.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91726e58) out of 5 stars First two tracks defective 28 Jun. 2015
By Tom F - Published on Amazon.com
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First two tracks are defective but I did not want to hassle with return.
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