Smetana Trio Plays Ravel & Shostakovich
Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor, Op. 8 Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67
Highly anticipated new disc from the BBC Music Magazine Chamber Award Winners 2007. Following their recording of the complete Brahms trios, the renowned Smetana Trio have turned their attention to 20th-century music. Although the French Impressionist Maurice Ravel wrote very few chamber works, some of them are true gems. His one and only piano trio, which he completed in haste before leaving for the front in WWI, is one of the most beautiful pieces written in the past century for this configuration. The motivic material reflects Ravel’s Basque origins and partially draws upon the piano concerto he was working on at the time. Dmitry Shostakovich’s Trio in E minor, a piece replete with invention and emotional contrasts, is also one of the most splendid musical gems and testimonies to the century in which it was created. In many respects, the weightiness of the culmination of WWII contrasts with the mood of Shostakovich’s little-known first trio, a one-movement, surprisingly mature work of a seventeen-year-old composer. The internationally acclaimed Czech ensemble performs the three splendid chamber pieces in a rounded and inspiring manner. The complete Ravel and Shostakovich piano trios on a new recording made by the award-winning Smetana Trio. Recorded at the Martínek Studio, Prague, September 19-22 and December 11-14, 2013.