Album

Smetana Trio

Dvořák, Fibich & Martinů: Piano Trios

Catalogue Number: SU 3927-2
Published: 20th July 2007
Genre: Chamber Music
Format: 1 CD
In their third title, the Smetana Trio presents us with piano trios from the recent chapters of Czech music history. The oldest piece on the album, Zdeněk Fibich's Piano Trio in F minor, was written in 1872 when the composer was just twenty-one years old. This remarkable piece bears witness to Fibich's extraordinary talent and is perhaps the second important piano trio inthe Czech literature after Smetana's Trio in G minor (recorded on SU 3810-2). Following up on their second album, which contains Dvořák's Trios Nos 3 and 4, the ensemble has recordedhis Piano Trio No. 1. This piece, completed only three years after Fibich's, employs a wide range of expressions from fascinating canonic sections to lyrically calm passages to the stirringoptimism of the Finale. The CD closes with the 1950 Piano Trio in D minor, one of the best works of Bohuslav Martinů's later life. It brings his neoclassical period to a close and bears distinctive signs of the synthetic style that characterized the last period of his compositions. This CD promises to be a worthy successor to their previous album (SU 3872-2) which received a number of awards, including the 2007 BBC Music Magazine Award and the Diapason d'Or.
Antonín Dvořák
Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in B flat major, Op. 21 B 51
1.
Allegro molto 09:19
2.
Adagio molto e mesto 08:04
3.
Allegretto scherzando 05:45
4.
Finale. Allegro vivace 05:56
Zdeněk Fibich
Piano Trio in F minor
5.
Molto con fuoco 06:58
6.
Adagio ma non troppo 02:50
7.
Vivacissimo 06:00
Bohuslav Martinů
Piano Trio for Violin, Violoncello and Piano No. 2 in D minor, H. 327
8.
Allegro moderato 04:22
9.
Andante 05:58
10.
Allegro 04:33