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Composer(s):Rachmaninov, Sergei
Artist(s) Yablonsky, Dmitry, cello • Grohovski, Valeri, piano • Wulfson, Eduard, violin
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.557423
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


Although written before Rachmaninov reached the age of 21, the two mournfully expressive Piano Trios are wholly characteristic works. With their challenging piano parts and radiant melodies they clearly show the direction Rachmaninov would take as a mature composer. Cast in a single, sonata-form movement, the first Trio élégiaque seems not to have been inspired by any particular melancholy event. Headed ‘A la mémoire d’un grand artiste’ (In Memory of a Great Artist), the second Trio was written in response to news of the death of Tchaikovsky in 1893.


Review By Anthony Clarke,Limelight Magazine,April 2007

There’s no attempt here to present trio performances in which piano, violin and cello are given equal parts—Rachmaninov, one of the greatest pianists of his generation—consciously stresses the dominance of the piano. These early works are both romantic, dramatic and intensely melancholic. They show Rachmaninov as a proficient and individual composer, free of the self-doubt which stifled his development later in his career.

Naxos has chosen interpreters who have given us thoughtful but emotional readings of these youthful works; this is a choice offering.


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