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Great Russian Piano Trios / Borodin Trio, Amsterdam Chamber Music Society


Release Date: 10/09/2007 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 93423   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskyAlexander AlyabyevSergei TaneyevSergei Rachmaninov,   ... 
Performer:  Luba EdlinaRostislav DubinskyYuli TurovskyChristiaan Bor,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Borodin Trio
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 48 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This 4-disc set explores the Romantic Chamber Music of Russia, with fine recordings by the Borodin trio of essential repertoire by Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, joined with the rarely recorded works of Taneyev, Arensky and Alyabiev.

R E V I E W S:

"Taneyev's Piano Trio deserves to be much better known, and it is to be hoped that this fine recording will give it wider circulation. Though it owes something to Tchaikovsky's Trio, the idiom is not really very close to that of the composer whom Taneyev admired above all others of his contemporaries, and who (with some reservations) returned the admiration cordially. Tchaikovsky's Trio contains a famous set of variations; Taneyev's boldly challenges comparison with
Read more a set of his own, and they form one of the work's best movements. Especially when played with the colour, character and enthusiasm of this performance, the piece seems irresistible; and the slow movement which follows has a gentle lyricism that may not seem especially Russian but that has a dignity and individuality all its own. The finale and the long opening Allegro are rather more conventionally worked (Taneyev was a formidably painstaking preparer of his material) but they have a breadth and a certain nobility which balance the middle movements well. The recording is vivid and close, and trouble has been taken to deal with the tricky problems of balance which—as Tchaikovsky himself noted—are endemic to the medium."

-- John Warrack, GRAMOPHONE ( Review of original release CHANDOS 8592)

"The piano dominates in both scores and one can scarcely complain if it does so in the recording. There were some passages on the LP, however, where one felt that this went too far, and this is put right by the CD, the strings always coming through with great effect. The Trio in G minor is a remarkable piece for a youth, but in fact both works are expansive and elegiac, their acute expressiveness being matched by the generous Chandos acoustic. One should add that the Borodin's Trio's playing matches as well, being passionately responsive to the music's long-drawn-out melancholy and to its robustness."

-- GRAMOPHONE ( Review of original release CHANDOS 8341)

"I'm glad to have heard the A minor Trio by Alyabiev (composer of the famous Nightingale, sung by Patti and others and transcribed by Liszt). This is not of the quality of, say, Glinka's near-contemporary Grand Sextet, but it does have some charming whims of its own within a broadly Mendelssohnian framework...Chandos have given the Borodin Trio a good blend of warmth and clarity."

-- GRAMOPHONE (Review of original release CHANDOS 8975)
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Works on This Recording

1.
Trio for Piano and Strings in A minor, Op. 50 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Luba Edlina (Piano), Rostislav Dubinsky (Violin), Yuli Turovsky (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Borodin Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881-1882; Russia 
2.
Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in A minor by Alexander Alyabyev
Performer:  Luba Edlina (Piano), Yuli Turovsky (Cello), Rostislav Dubinsky (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Borodin Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
3.
Trio for Piano and Strings in D major, Op. 22 by Sergei Taneyev
Performer:  Yuli Turovsky (Cello), Rostislav Dubinsky (Violin), Luba Edlina (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Borodin Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906-1908; Russia 
4.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor "Trio élégiaque" by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Yuli Turovsky (Cello), Rostislav Dubinsky (Violin), Luba Edlina (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Borodin Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
5.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in D minor, Op. 9 "Trio élégiaque" by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Rostislav Dubinsky (Violin), Luba Edlina (Piano), Yuli Turovsky (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Borodin Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
6.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 32 by Anton Arensky
Performer:  Christiaan Bor (Violin), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Jerome Lowenthal (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Russia 
Notes: The musicians are members of the Amsterdam Chamber Music Society. 
7.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E minor, Op. 67 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Edward Auer (Piano), Nathaniel Rosen (Cello), Christiaan Bor (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USSR 
Notes: The musicians are members of the Amsterdam Chamber Music Society. 

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