Dvorak: Piano Trios / Smetana Trio

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Label: SUPRAPHON
Catalog: SU3872
Format: CD

Smetana Trio

Dvorak: Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90 (B166) 'Dumky' Piano Trio No. 3 in F minor, Op. 65 (B130)

“Not surprisingly, the performance by the Smetana Trio is thoroughly idiomatic, with the many dumka speed-changes sounding totally natural and spontaneous. What instantly strikes the ear is the delicacy, the piano relatively light to bring out the filigree textures of much of the writing. They also play with a hushed concentration, keeping the different sections tautly woven together. In the fifth of the six movements, there is a delightful pay-off at the end, and the finale is taken at a thrillingly fast tempo, though light textures bring complete clarity. In No 3 there is an apt if subtle shift in the recording balance, with the piano weightier, reflecting the Brahmsian quality of much of the writing. Though in the conventional four movements instead of the six of No 4, it is a work on a bigger scale. Not surprisingly, the Czech flavours are brought out strikingly. The Supraphon sound is excellent.” - Gramophone Classical Music Guide - 2010

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