Piano Trio D minor Op. 3


  • Recorded: 15th December 2018
  • Record Place: The Martínek Studio, Prague
  • First Release: 2019
  • (P) 2019 SUPRAPHON a.s.
  • Genre: Chamber Music


  • music by: Alexander von Zemlinsky
  • musical group: Smetana Trio


Smetana Trio

Zemlinsky, Rachmaninov, Arensky: Piano Trios

Catalogue Number: SU 4258-2
Published: 29th March 2019
Genre: Chamber Music
Format: 1 CD
This album has received following awards:
  • BBC Music Magazine Chamber Choice (2019)
Alexander Zemlinsky (1871-1942) - Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 3 (1896). Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) - Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G minor (1892). Anton Arensky (1861-1906) - Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 32 (1894).
Smetana Trio: Jitka Čechová - piano, Radim Kresta - violin, Jan Páleníček - cello

The three pieces the Smetana Trio have selected for their new album came into being within the range of a mere four years, yet they represent three different musical universes. Anton Arensky's piano trio evokes the atmosphere of the 19th-century salons, where music was played to delight the gathered bourgeoisie company. The work Alexander Zemlinsky created at the age of 25 marks the accession of the seeking of new sound and harmony. The one-movement trio Sergei Rachmaninoff, a piano virtuoso and composer rolled into one, wrote when hew was 19, teems with elegiac nobleness, which would remain the quintessential trait of the future globetrotter's music. And whereas Arensky's short life was marred by inner turmoil, the paths of Zemlinsky and Rachmaninoff were affected by outer circumstances - both of them died within a year, far away from their respective homelands, in the United States. With their typical vivacity and zest, the internationally renowned Smetana Trio perform three remarkable compositions dating from the late 19th century.

Three inconspicuous late-19th century chamber gems, as performed by the Smetana Trio.


“The Smetana Trio’s perfor­mances, as captured in Supraphon’s warm recording, are totally compelling. It’s no mean feat that the players not only negotiate the ebb and flow of the musical argument in each work with tremendous flexibility of nuance, but that their imaginative approach to balance and texturing ensures that the listener is completely involved in the drama from first bar to last.”
BBC Music Magazine, June 2019

Alexander von Zemlinsky
Piano Trio D minor Op. 3
Allegro ma non troppo 13:08
Andante 07:43
Allegro 05:44
Sergey Vasilyevich Rachmaninov
Trio élégiaque No. 1 G minor 14:45
Anton Stepanovich Arensky
Piano Trio No. 1 D minor Op. 32
Allegro moderato 13:09
Scherzo. Allegro molto 06:07
Elegia. Adagio 06:42
Finale. Allegro non troppo 06:16