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Dvorak: The Four Piano Trios / Gould Trio

Dvorak / Gould Piano Trio
Release Date: 05/29/2012 
Label:  Champs Hill Records   Catalog #: 34   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gould Piano Trio
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 21 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



DVORÁK Piano Trios: in Bb, op. 21; in g, op. 26; in f, op. 65; in e, op. 90, “Dumky” Gould Trio CHAMPS HILL 034 (2 CDs: 140:50)

Dvorák’s four piano trios are replete with some of the composer’s most open-hearted melodies and seemingly spontaneous invention. In the hands of the Read more best players, the music almost seems to play itself, an impression that masks the tricky Czech-based rhythms and other technical difficulties.

In Fanfare 33:2, I wasn’t overly receptive to the Gould Piano Trio’s survey of the Brahms piano trios, but this brand new set of the Dvorák trios, recorded in the near-perfect acoustic venue of the Music Room at Champs Hill, is a brilliant success. Ordinarily, with such collections it’s not unusual for the reviewer to cite a preferred stand-alone performance of one or another of the included works. But in this case, I’m inclined to award the Gould Piano Trio best in class, even in the extremely competitive “Dumky” Trio.

These performances bubble over with high spirits in the Scherzo movements, bring just enough gravity to the weightier first movements without getting bogged down in the composer’s padding through repetition, and make of the slow movements touching songs without words.

This set comes with the highest possible recommendation.

FANFARE: Jerry Dubins
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Works on This Recording

1.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in B flat major, Op. 21/B 51 by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gould Piano Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: Bohemia 
Venue:  The Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex 
Length: 34 Minutes 37 Secs. 
2.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in F minor, Op. 65/B 130 by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gould Piano Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Bohemia 
Venue:  The Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex 
Length: 41 Minutes 17 Secs. 
3.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in G minor, Op. 26/B 56 by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gould Piano Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Bohemia 
Venue:  The Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex 
Length: 32 Minutes 8 Secs. 
4.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 4 in E minor, Op. 90/B 166 "Dumky" by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gould Piano Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890-1891; Bohemia 
Venue:  The Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex 
Length: 31 Minutes 15 Secs. 

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