The Florestan Trio is one of the world’s leading piano trios, and imbues every performance and recording with the ‘palpable joy and unerring sense of ensemble’ (The Times) which is their trademark. Dvorák’s Piano Trios are full of the instinctive Slavic vigour which is so characteristic of his music—a contemporary commentator wrote: ‘The Slavic character of Dvorák’s music stands out in an unforced manner, without any affectation; the natural simplicity of his music is the magic spell that inevitably captures the listener.’ Dvorák was also greatly influenced by Brahms and Schumann, and a deep, complex Romantic sensibility is present in these works. Suk’s beautiful Elegy Op 23, dating from 1902, was written for a memorial event celebrating the life of Julius Zeyer (1841–1901). Zeyer was a writer of novels and epic poems steeped in the history and legends of Bohemia. This work gives full voice to the composer’s rich lyricism. This CD completes the Florestan’s recordings of four Dvorák trios.
'The Florestan Trio bring exactly the right kind of interpretative vitality and insight to the table, rejoicing in the music's exuberant dance rhythms and melodic fecundity while ensuring that the various ideas flow into one another with compelling inevitability … The Florestan are now clear leaders in the Dvorák piano trio stakes' (International Record Review)
'The Florestan Trio chose Dvorák's better-known later trios for one of its earliest CDs, and fans have waited patiently for more. At last, we're rewarded with a wonderfully warm and subtle performance from one of the finest trios around … The Florestan Trio doesn't disappoint with its members' effortless musicianship - a sweetly judged combination of verve and lyricism' (Classic FM Magazine)
'As with the first disc in this cycle, the performances by the Florestan Trio are models of sensitive chamber music playing. Balances among the three instruments are always well judged; the rhythms in the scherzos are well-sprung, while the slow movements have warmth without schmaltz' (ClassicsToday. com, USA)
'The Florestan Trio is superb in these works, playing with energy and lyricism, tough in the more dramatic sections, warm when warmth is needed. The material is blessed with well-balanced, vibrant engineering that helps make this disc an attractive introduction to a neglected corner of Dvorák's output' (The Absolute Sound, USA)
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Trio für Klavier, Violine und Violoncello Nr. 1 B-Dur op. 21
1. Allegro molto
2. Adagio molto e mesto
3. Allegretto scherzando
4. Allegro vivace
Elegie Des-Dur op. 23 (für Klavier, Violine und Violoncello)
Fassung für Violine, Violoncello, Streichquartett, Harmonium und Harfe
Trio für Klavier, Violine und Violoncello Nr. 2 g-moll op...
1. Allegro moderato
3. Scherzo: Presto - Trio: Poco meno mosso - Presto da capo