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Glinka, Tchaikovsky: Piano Trios / Moscow Rachmaninov Trio

Release Date: 04/13/2010 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55322   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Mikhail GlinkaPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rachmaninoff Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The lyric charm of these two lamenting trios is all-encompassing of Romantic Russian chamber music, and is reflected in the empathy of the performances by this outstanding Russian trio. Glinka's Trio was originally scored for clarinet, bassoon and piano, but--especially in Russia--the music is more often heard in this version. The original use of wind instruments may have led Glinka to encapsulate the work into four relatively brief movements; in any event, the Trio is beautifully composed and proportioned. It is prefaced in the score by a quotation in French which can be translated as 'I have known love only through the unhappiness it causes'--the consequence of a series of unsuccessful love affairs. Tchaikovsky's heartbreak was the Read more untimely death of Nikolai Rubinstein in 1881 aged only 45, and soon after he composed his only Piano Trio in his dear friend's memory. Elegiac throughout reflecting markings in the score such as piangendo (weeping), both this trio and Glinka's are perhaps musical manifestations of the saying: 'When a Russian is sad, he is very sad: when a Russian is very sad, then he is at his very best.' 'The Moscow Rachmaninov Trio demonstrate what a versatile and capable ensemble they are' (BBC Music Magazine) Read less

Works on This Recording

Trio pathétique for Clarinet, Bassoon and Piano in D minor by Mikhail Glinka
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rachmaninoff Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Russia 
Trio for Piano and Strings in A minor, Op. 50 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rachmaninoff Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881-1882; Russia 

Featured Sound Samples

Trio pathétique (Glinka): I. Allegro moderato

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