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Beethoven, Shostakovich: Piano Trios / Jupiter Trio

Release Date: 05/25/2004 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9147   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenDmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Aglika AngelovaRobert WatersJulian Hersh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jupiter Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 51 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Even in a market saturated with first-rate recordings of Beethoven's "Ghost" and Shostakovich's E minor piano trios, the exceptionally high standards that the Chicago-based Jupiter Trio set leave a strong impression. In the "Ghost" trio's outer movements the musicians take Beethoven's rapid tempo indications at face value, yet they up the emotional ante by means of subtle, tasteful inflections of pulse. What's more, the sophistication with which they address issues of balance between instruments and unanimity of phrasing always sounds natural and even playful (the first-movement development's witty canonic interplay, for example). They also manage to convey the slow movement's spooky, disembodied mood without letting the Read more basic tempo go slack.

By any equation, the Jupiter Trio's fervent, cohesive, and tonally opulent Shostakovich interpretation does this epic, multi-leveled score proud, especially in how they stage-manage the finale's dynamics for maximum dramatic impact. My only half-gripe concerns the Scherzo, which is slightly heavy-gaited and studio-bound next to the leaner, quicker, more heated Trio Wanderer recording on Harmonia Mundi (the latter recording more cogently reveals the music's kinship to its counterpart in the Tenth Symphony). Bridge's gorgeous, intimate engineering makes you feel like you're in the middle of the trio as a silent but enthusiastic guest artist. [1/9/2006]
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Trio for Piano and Strings no 5 in D major, Op. 70 no 1 "Ghost" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Aglika Angelova (Piano), Robert Waters (Violin), Julian Hersh (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jupiter Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E minor, Op. 67 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Aglika Angelova (Piano), Robert Waters (Violin), Julian Hersh (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jupiter Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USSR 

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