Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Shostakovich & Tchaikovsky: Trios

Wow! This is music making on a cosmic scale. You may hear some jaded critic offer up the following generic comment about this release: "These three players, gathered together for only the second time, naturally can't equal the subtle give and take of more established chamber ensembles." Bull. All three artists rank among the most inspirational and experienced chamber players of our time, and here they set the notes on fire in performances of shattering intensity, improvisational spontaneity, and (in the Tchaikovsky) Herculean grandeur.

Argerich's performance of the concerto-like piano part of the Tchaikovsky Trio is especially impressive; she seems to know instinctively when to dominate the proceedings and when to let her partners take over; and the final "Theme and Variations"--a huge movement half an hour in length--seldom has sounded so cohesive and meaningful. As to the Shostakovich, well, what can I say? This is one of the most profoundly moving experiences in music, and how well this trio knows it!

The three players find the perfect tempo for the third movement Passacaglia, then build the tragic finale as inexorably as fate itself. These beautifully recorded performances are special in every way, as much an event as the concert itself must have been. --David Hurwitz,

MP3 320 · 172 MB

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