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Sitkovetsky Piano Trio plays Dvořák, Smetana & Suk

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Catalogue numberBIS-2059 SACD
Release date2014-02-10
Discs1
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time73:11

"Die 5-Sterne-Aufnahme", Ensemble
Supersonic, Pizzicato

“Even if you need a shoehorn to make room for this release on your shelf, I’d urge you to use one.” Fanfare

At first glance, a disc combining works by Smetana and Dvořák would appear to be a very Czech affair – after all, the two composers are among the first to be mentioned whenever nationalist currents in 19th century music are discussed. But much of their chamber music had a more personal slant, and this applies to the works presented here by the young Sitkovetsky Trio. Smetana wrote his G minor trio in 1855, ‘in memory of my first child, Bedřiška, who enchanted us with her extraordinary musical talent, and yet was snatched away from us by death, aged 4½ years’ – a shattering event for the parents, and one that seem to reverberate through the entire work. Although the background to Dvořák’s Trio Op. 65 is less well documented, it is known that at the time of its composition (in early 1893), the composer was troubled by various events: the relative failure of his opera Dimitrij’s première in October 1882, the death of his mother that December and the serious health problems afflicting Smetana, his respected older colleague. Possibly this not only coloured his mood, but also his ability to work at speed – in a letter he wrote: ‘For the past eight weeks I have worked on nothing but this new Trio, which occupies my time so completely that I can hardly think of or be aware of anything else.’ These two large-scale works are complemented here by the one-movement Elegy, by Josef Suk, Dvořák’s student and later son-in-law. Composed in 1902 as a memorial tribute for the author Julius Zeyer it was scored for violin, cello, string quartet, harp and harmonium, but soon appeared in an arrangement for piano trio which is far better known than the original. Formed in 2007, the Sitkovetsky Trio performs worldwide and has received numerous awards and critical acclaim, but is here making its début on disc, in a programme perfectly suited to the ensemble’s virtuosic and impassioned music-making.
 
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  Composer: Dvořák, Antonín
  Piano Trio No.3 in F minor, Op.65 (1883) 39:12
01 I. Allegro ma non troppo – Poco più mosso, quasi vivace 13:18 $ 3.22 USD
02 II. Allegretto grazioso – Meno mosso 06:26 $ 1.57 USD
03 III. Poco adagio 10:31 $ 2.54 USD
04 IV. Allegro con brio – tranquillo 08:57 $ 2.21 USD
 
 
  Composer: Smetana, Bedrich
  Piano Trio in G minor, Op.15 (1855/58) 26:17
05 I. Moderato assai 10:38 $ 2.57 USD
06 II. Allegro, ma non agitato 07:29 $ 1.81 USD
07 III. Finale. Presto – Grave, quasi marcia 08:10 $ 2.01 USD
 
 
  Composer: Suk, Josef
08 Elegy for piano trio, Op.23 (1902) 06:16 $ 1.62 USD
 
  Album total 73:11
ComposerDvořák, Antonín
Smetana, Bedrich
Suk, Josef

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