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Dvorak: Piano Trios; Suk: Elegy / The Florestan Trio

Release Date: 02/12/2008 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67572   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antonín DvorákJosef Suk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florestan Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Dvorák's two early trios are less popular than the F-minor and Dumky because they supposedly reflect a certain immaturity with respect to handling of form, idiomatic piano writing, and even characteristic melody. Nonsense. Listen to the exposition of the First Trio's first movement: these tunes would not be out of place coming from Dvorák's "American" period. They are lovely works, and while I don't always see the necessity in recording complete cycles, in this case I can only welcome the exposure that these less frequently played pieces are getting. After all, it's not as if we're drowning in great 19th-century piano trios.

As with the first disc in this cycle, the performances by the Florestan Trio
Read more are models of sensitive chamber music playing. Balances among the three instruments are always well judged; the rhythms in the scherzos are well-sprung, while the slow movements have warmth without schmaltz. Of the two trios, the performance of the First strikes me as marginally finer than the Second in the outer movements, but this is a very subjective impression. One small caveat: violinist Anthony Marwood's timbre in Suk's brief Elegy, here sandwiched between the two larger works, could be more alluring above the stave. But this is a tiny drawback in what otherwise is a lovely disc, very well engineered.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in B flat major, Op. 21/B 51 by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florestan Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: Bohemia 
Notes: Composition written: Bohemia (1875).
Composition revised: Bohemia (1880). 
Elegy for Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 23 by Josef Suk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florestan Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902; Prague, Czech Republ 
Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in G minor, Op. 26/B 56 by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florestan Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Bohemia 

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