Friday, February 18, 2011

Dvorak - Piano Trios n.4 'Dumky' and n.3 - Smetana Trio







This is the Smetana Trio playing Dvorák, not to be confused with the Dvorák Trio playing Smetana. Such is life in the world of Czech chamber music. But seriously, Supraphon alone has an abundance of recordings of these works, and no wonder. The F minor and Dumky trios probably are the two finest works in theBirthhouse of Antonín Dvořák trio medium from the second half of the 19th century, and they make ideal disc-mates, one a sort of apotheosis of Dvorák's work in traditional forms, the other an innovative and path-breaking essay in his popular nationalist idiom. This stupendous new recording rivals the celebrated Suk Trio interpretations for the same label both in technical mastery and interpretive insight; in short, it is second to none. Without question, this is a very great recording, an essential acquisition whether you already love this music or just want to get to know it better. Read more 



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