Even CD treatment cannot solve all problems in the finale though it certainly helps. The trouble is it's too long, too loud and too full of notes; Tchaikovsky himself advised a large cut, and I was glad the Borodin Trio accepted his advice. I'm much more doubtful about earlier cuts in the variations. Unexpectedly they keep the fugue but not its predecessor because, as they once said in an interview (January 1982), it is so chauvinistic. But its disappearance somehow spoils the flow. The variations as a whole are entertaining, the huge first movement superb, the playing all through intelligent (a string entry in the fugue could have been better), and the balance a triumph. Without any suggestion of artificiality, the massive piano writingRead more hardly ever drowns the strings (except when Tchaikovsky has his cello too low at climaxes) and this is due to the CD clarity, which also makes that fugue more likeable than I ever remember.
Trio for Piano and Strings in A minor, Op. 50by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Performer:
Luba Edlina (Piano),
Rostislav Dubinsky (Violin),
Yuli Turovsky (Cello)
Period: Romantic Written: 1881-1882; Russia Length: 48 Minutes 10 Secs.