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Clarinet Trios / Peterková, Demetrová, Cibulková


Release Date: 01/23/2001 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 3481   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Béla BartókAram KhachaturianDarius MilhaudIgor Stravinsky
Performer:  Ludmila PeterkováMarketa CibulkováGabriela Demeterová
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

First, let's just state that no performance of Bartók's Contrasts will ever match the authority of the original recording with Benny Goodman and Joseph Szigeti, with the composer at the piano. Having said that, this version has many admirable qualities. Ludmila Peterková's clarinet has the right piercing tone for the sharp edges of the Verbunkos dance, yet she softens nicely to provide the sharp "contrasts" required in the piece. The second movement is appropriately spooky and emotional, with gripping unisons of the clarinet and violin, murky piano chords, and delicate treble utterings. With the demonic final dance, although never quite pushed to the edge of control, the musicians are on top of their game (there's an Read more interesting near-Gershwin experience toward the end), making this version at least as good as the terrific account by Michael Collins and friends on Hyperion.

Individually, all three musicians are highly skilled and demonstrate intelligent musical thought. Together, their ensemble creates a greater whole that brings out the best in the other pieces featured on this disc. In Khachaturian's Trio, Gabriela Demeterova's silky bowing and wonderfully sighing double stops, along with Markéta Cibulková's Debussy-like chords and new-agey arpeggios, add that extra dimension needed to keep this work from being a simplistic salon piece. This is a better performance than that of the South African Chamber Society on Discover. The same goes for Milhaud's Suite, with its charming Divertissement, delightfully dancing third movement, and passionate finale. A trio arrangement of Stravinsky's L'Histoire comes across equally well; the ensemble plays with keen rhythmic focus and without any slack in momentum, finding a nice balance between the work's cruder and more lyrical elements. There's enough excellent playing and variety of repertoire here to entice almost any chamber music fan, and with Supraphon's engineers providing a warm, intimate atmosphere, it's pretty hard to resist this one.
--David Preiser, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Sz 111 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Ludmila Peterková (Clarinet), Marketa Cibulková (Piano), Gabriela Demeterová (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Domovina Studio, Prague, Czech Republic 
Length: 15 Minutes 57 Secs. 
2. Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano by Aram Khachaturian
Performer:  Ludmila Peterková (Clarinet), Marketa Cibulková (Piano), Gabriela Demeterová (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; USSR 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Domovina Studio, Prague, Czech Republic 
Length: 15 Minutes 11 Secs. 
3. Suite for Violin, Clarinet and Piano by Darius Milhaud
Performer:  Marketa Cibulková (Piano), Ludmila Peterková (Clarinet), Gabriela Demeterová (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Domovina Studio, Prague, Czech Republic 
Length: 11 Minutes 22 Secs. 
4. L'histoire du soldat: Suite for Violin, Clarinet and Piano by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Marketa Cibulková (Piano), Ludmila Peterková (Clarinet), Gabriela Demeterová (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Domovina Studio, Prague, Czech Republic 
Length: 14 Minutes 53 Secs. 

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