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The History of the Russian Piano Trio, Vol. 1 / Brahms Trio


Release Date: 11/13/2020 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8574112  
Composer:  Alexander AlyabyevMikhail GlinkaAnton Rubinstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brahms Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The piano trio holds an important place in the history of Russian chamber music and to follow the development of the genre is to accompany the fascinating history of Russian music in the 19th century. Its beginnings can be found with Alexander Alyabiev, a student of John Field, whose unfinished but elegant and vivacious Piano Trio in E flat major is paired with the yearning Romanticism of the Piano Trio in A minor. Mikhail Glinka’s Trio pathétique bears the inscription ‘I have only known love through the sorrow it causes!’, while Anton Rubinstein’s elaborately acrobatic piano writing in his Piano Trio in G minor reminds us of his own virtuosity, and reveals his magnificent skills as a melodist. The piano trio holds an important place in the history of Russian chamber music and to follow the development of the genre is to accompany the fascinating history of Russian music in the 19th century. Its beginnings can be found with Alexander Alyabiev, a student of John Field, whose unfinished but elegant and vivacious Piano Trio in E flat major is paired with the yearning Romanticism of the Piano Trio in A minor. Mikhail Glinka’s Trio pathétique bears the inscription ‘I have only known love through the sorrow it causes!’, while Anton Rubinstein’s elaborately acrobatic piano writing in his Piano Trio in G minor reminds us of his own virtuosity, and reveals his magnificent skills as a melodist. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in E Flat Major in one movement (Unfinished): Allegro by Alexander Alyabyev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brahms Trio
Period: Romantic 
2.
Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in A minor by Alexander Alyabyev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brahms Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1820; Russia 
3.
Trio pathétique for Clarinet, Bassoon and Piano in D minor by Mikhail Glinka
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brahms Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Russia 
4.
Trio for Piano and Strings in G minor, Op. 15 no 2 by Anton Rubinstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brahms Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851 

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