Smetana Trio

Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Schubert: Piano Trios

Catalogue Number: SU 4008-2
Published: 12th March 2010
Genre: Chamber Music
Format: 1 CD
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy - Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 49 (1839)
Franz Schubert - Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat Major, Op. 100 (D. 929, 1827)

Smetana Trio: Jitka Čechová - piano, Jana Vonášková-Nováková - violin, Jan Páleníček - violoncello

After focusing on the Czech trio literature (on highly acclaimed recordings ranging from Dvořák to Martinů) and paying a visit to Tchaikovsky (SU 3949-2), the Smetana Trio has turned to the very heart of the Romantic repertoire for their newest album. Both of the pieces on this disc rank among the most frequently played trios; in both of them, the composers succeeded in strikinga rare balance in the texture as well as in the instrumentation, placing all three instruments on an even footing. The success of the Schubert trio, which makes use of Swedish folk melodies, is attested to by the fact that it was the only one of the composer's works to be published abroad during his lifetime. Coincidentally the piece received Robert Schumann's highest praise in his comment on the Mendelssohn trio: "It is a contemporary masterpiece, a work such as Beethoven's trios were in their day, or Schubert's Trio in E flat Major, a very beautiful composition which still pleases grandchildren and great-grandchildren years afterwards." Both pieces find excellent performers in the Smetana Trio, with its sense of ensemble playing. In Schumann's words, may Mendelssohn and Schubert "still please grandchildren and great-grandchildren years afterwards" on this recording as well.
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49
1. Molto allegro ed agitato 09:28
2. Andante con moto tranquillo 07:06
3. Scherzo. Leggiero e vivace 03:37
4. Finale. Allegro assai appasionato 08:38
Franz Schubert
Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in E flat major, Op. 100 D.929
5. Allegro 15:16
6. Andante con moto 10:15
7. Scherzo. Allegro moderato 06:32
8. Allegro moderato 13:02