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Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich: Piano Trios / Compinsky Trio


Release Date: 01/29/2002 
Label:  Cambria   Catalog #: 1130   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Sergei RachmaninovDmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Manuel CompinskyAlec CompinskySara Compinsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Compinsky Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Compinsky Trio was one of the finest chamber ensembles of the 20th century. Born and educated in England, the two brothers (Manuel, violin; Alec, cello) and a sister (Sara, piano) were brought up together in an atmosphere of broad and intense musical culture and were taught from early childhood the traditions of ensemble playing which they developed to new heights of excellence; their musicianship set standards that have not since been surpassed. After arriving in the United States around 1925, the Compinsky Trio began touring the East coast and Canada. In 1928, they were engaged for a series of radio broadcasts over the newly organized Columbia Broadcasting System, one of America's first nationwide radio networks. The trio was featured Read more every Sunday for a period of eight years, broadcasting live nationwide. The pioneering Compinsky Trio broadcasts had a profound influence during the late 1920s and early 1930s. They elevated performance standards for chamber music to new artistic heights, increased public awareness of the chamber music medium, and introduced to amateur performers throughout the country superb performances of the standard repertoire as well as first hearings of many contemporary works. For the next thirty years, the microphone became a faithful friend to the Compinsky Trio as they continued to win new audiences for chamber music. "They were all devoted teachers. I am grateful especially for Manuel's guidance and support. He coached me as a lad in many of my first chamber music concerts and greatly encouraged my interest in conducting. I am happy that these vintage performances which meant so much to many generations of Los Angeles' music lovers will be available again." Michael Tilson Thomas, Musical Director, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. "I consider myself extremely fortunate to have studied with Manuel Compinsky. I know that he deserves much of the credit for what I have become in my musical life. He was certainly one of the most inspirational and extraordinary musicians I have ever known. A superb violinist as well as a magnificent teacher, he was also a great chamber musician and a composer and arranger that commanded much respect." Glenn Dicterow, Concertmaster, The New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in D minor, Op. 9 "Trio élégiaque" by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Manuel Compinsky (Violin), Alec Compinsky (Cello), Sara Compinsky (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Compinsky Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1945-46 
2. Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E minor, Op. 67 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Manuel Compinsky (Violin), Alec Compinsky (Cello), Sara Compinsky (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Compinsky Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1945-46 

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