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Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky: Piano Trios / The Barbican Trio

Release Date: 09/24/2002 
Label:  Guild   Catalog #: 7242   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei RachmaninovPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Gabrielle LesterRobert MaxJames Kirby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barbican Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Towards the end of the 19th century three prominent Russian composers wrote Elegiac works in memory of colleagues. Each found that the intimacy of a chamber ensemble could best express their wealth of emotion and each created masterpieces whose stature and power has enjoyed ever increasing recognition with age. Tchaikovsky wrote his Trio for his good friend the pianist, Nicolai Rubinstein. With the Piano Trio, Tchaikovsky sought not only to celebrate Rubinstein's pianism with a rich and often virtuosic work for piano, but also to satisfy the demands of his patron Nadezhda von Meck who had requested such a work for her own piano trio. When Tchaikovsky himself died in 1893, Anton Arensky wrote one of his greatest compositions in his memory, Read more the second string quartet in a minor, Op. 35, and Rachmaninoff composed the Trio contained in this recording. The work has been noted for its "overwhelming aura of gloom" and follows Tchaikovsky's own path with a two movement shape, the second of which is also a set of variations. The fact that the work remained unpublished for a long time might have contributed to its neglect as well as its proximity to the completion of his studies at the Moscow Conservatory , might have led to its perception as being merely the work of student. Yet, its freshness, its outbursts of unbridled passion and the soulful qualities of its melodies combine to form a unique work that never fails to make its mark. Read less

Works on This Recording

Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor "Trio élégiaque" by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Gabrielle Lester (Violin), Robert Max (Cello), James Kirby (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barbican Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/23/2000 
Venue:  St George's, Bristol, England 
Length: 15 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Trio for Piano and Strings in A minor, Op. 50 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Gabrielle Lester (Violin), Robert Max (Cello), James Kirby (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barbican Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881-1882; Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/2000 
Venue:  St George's, Bristol, England 
Length: 52 Minutes 27 Secs. 

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