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Dvorak, Suk, Shostakovich: Piano Trios / The Ahn Trio


Release Date: 01/12/1999 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 5566742   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonín DvorákJosef SukDmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Angella AhnLucia AhnMaria Ahn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ahn Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Performance: *****/Sound: ***** Dvorák was well aware that his Dumky Trio would have enormous popular appeal, even stating once that it was designed for all kinds of tastes. Though certainly accurate in his prediction for the work – the Dumky is by far his most popular trio both with performers and audiences – few ensembles are entirely successful in capturing its wide mood swings while still managing to preserve the line of its powerful emotional logic. The Ahn Trio, in an excellent recording, comes close to perfection in much of the work; indeed, its playing of the first two movements, alive to every nuance, is among the best I have heard. A slightly harder tone obtrudes in the third movement, but the fourth is back to the same Read more high standards as before with a genuinely playful reading of the faster sections and a superbly paced build to the main climax. The only imperfection in the remaining movements is a slight miscalculation in the exhilarating rush to the finale’s close. The ultimate recommendation remains the Beaux Arts Trio’s version in its complete set of the Trios on Philips, but this enormously stimulating performance will be one to return to again and again. The Ahn’s performance of Suk’s Elegy, while never less than beautiful, is not quite as persuasive. But its way with Shostakovich’s volatile, hugely expressive wartime Trio in E minor reflects the virtues of its interpretation of the Dvorák. Its rendition of the last three movements, in particular, seems completely at one with the composer’s intentions.

-- Jan Smaczny, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 4 in E minor, Op. 90/B 166 "Dumky" by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Angella Ahn (Violin), Lucia Ahn (Piano), Maria Ahn (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ahn Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890-1891; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 07/1997 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 31 Minutes 53 Secs. 
2.
Elegy for Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 23 by Josef Suk
Performer:  Angella Ahn (Violin), Lucia Ahn (Piano), Maria Ahn (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ahn Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 07/1997 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 6 Minutes 47 Secs. 
3.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E minor, Op. 67 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Angella Ahn (Violin), Lucia Ahn (Piano), Maria Ahn (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ahn Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USSR 
Date of Recording: 07/1997 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 28 Minutes 10 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Klaviertrio e-moll op.90 "Dumky-Trio": I. Lento maestoso - Allegro
Klaviertrio e-moll op.90 "Dumky-Trio": II. Poco adagio - Vivace
Klaviertrio e-moll op.90 "Dumky-Trio": III. Andante - Vivace non troppo
Klaviertrio e-moll op.90 "Dumky-Trio": IV. Andante moderato
Klaviertrio e-moll op.90 "Dumky-Trio": V. Allegro - Meno mosso
Klaviertrio e-moll op.90 "Dumky-Trio": VI. Lento maestoso - Vivace
Elegie Des-dur op. 23 für Klaviertrio
Klaviertrio Nr.2 e-moll op.67: I. Andante - Moderato - Poco più mosso
Klaviertrio Nr.2 e-moll op.67: II. Allegro non troppo
Klaviertrio Nr.2 e-moll op.67: III. Largo
Klaviertrio Nr.2 e-moll op.67: IV. Allegretto - Adagio

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