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Dvorak’s four piano trios are some of the greatest examples of late 19th-century chamber music, and have remained repertoire favorites to this day. His Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat major incorporates melancholy, serenity and vivid excitement in equal measure, while the Piano Trio No. 2 in G minor though written at a time of personal tragedy for Dvorak, achieves a triumphant and emphatic conclusion. Fanfare said of the first volume of Trios, ‘I would urge you with special pleading to acquire this release for what may well be the best Dvorak ‘Dumky’ on disc ever.’ Combining technical mastery, expressive depth and performance experience, pianist Alon Goldstein, violinist Ilya Kaler and cellist Amit Peled have joined forces to form one of the
most exciting trios on the international scene. Each virtuoso member of the ensemble has a successful solo career; together they bring vitality to the concert stage with their dynamic musical interplay and collaborative spirit. After only a few seasons as a trio the group has already been compared to the legendary ‘Million Dollar Trio’ of Arthur Rubinstein, Gregor Piatigorsky and Jascha Heifetz. The Tempest Trio has performed in cities throughout the US, Europe, Israel, and Asia, and in recent years the ensemble presented the complete Schumann, Brahms and Dvorak Trio cycles at the renowned Seattle Chamber Music Festival and the Four Arts Society in Palm Beach as well as New York’s Town Hall.
The American-based Tempest Trio—already likened to the legendary, ‘Million Dollar Trio’ of Rubinstein, Piatigorsky and Heifetz—complete their Dvorak trio recordings. Pianist, Alon Goldstein, violinist, Ilya Kaler, and cellist, Amit Peled — each well known as a major international soloist — came together as a trio a decade ago. Their playing is of the very highest quality. There reading of the works is impeccable in observing dynamic and tempo directions, while technically they are immaculate and perfectly balanced. The recorded sound is first class.
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