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Rachmaninov: Trio elegaique/ Tchaikovsky: Trio in A minor

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release date: November 2010

Originally recorded in 2010


Gould Piano Trio

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Total Time - 65:10
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Trio elegaique No. 1 in G minor

  Lento lugubre  



Trio in A minor, Op. 50

2 I Pezzo elegiaco. Moderato assai 18:55
3 IIA Tema con variazioni. Tema. Andante con moto 1:02
4 var. 1 0:56
5 var. 2 Piu mosso 0:37
6 var. 3 Allegro moderato 0:58
7 var. 4 L'istesso tempo 1:06
8 var. 5 L'istesso tempo 0:46
9 var. 6 Tempo di Valse 2:38
10 var. 7 Allegro moderato 1:16
11 var. 8 Fuga. Allegro moderato 2:41
12 var. 9 Andante flebile, ma non tanto 3:35
13 var. 10 Tempo di Mazurka 1:52
14 var. 11 Moderato 1:52
15 IIB Variazioni Finale e Coda. Allegro risoluto e con fuoco 11:35

A brand new recording of the outstanding Gould Trio performing Tchaikovsky’s Trio in A minor, Op 50 and Rachmaninov’s Trio elegiaque No 1 in G minor.

Tchaikovsky wrote comparatively little chamber music, yet his Piano Trio in A minor, op 50, with its kaleidoscopic succession of moods, is probably the first important piano trio by a Russian composer. This work is a big, ambitious piece in which the composer sets himself a multitude of challenges in what was for him a new medium.

The Trio did not take a long time to make its way into the repertoire, where it still stands as one of the supreme examples of the piano trio in the Romantic era.

Tchaikovsky’s Trio, with its function as a memorial for Nikolai Rubinstein, seems to have initiated a Russian tradition of ’elegiac’ piano trios. The young Sergei Rachmaninov composed his first, the Trio elegiaque No 1 in G minor, at white-hot speed between 18 and 21 January 1892. Not surprisingly, Rachmaninov assigns pride of place to the piano, amking the Trio almost a miniature piano concerto.

It opens with murmuring, wind-blown string figures, creating an evocative background to the piano’s dolorous main theme, soon taken up by the strings. In similarity to the Tchaikovsky, the work concludes with an impressively gloomy funeral march.

"...Another impressive release from a piano trio who excel in these mainstays of Romantic chamber music. Unafraid of exposing the underlying emotion, their approach remains balanced yet expressive, equalling some ’superstar’ performances of these works"  ****

Jane Jones

Classic FM Magazine - February 2011

                            BBC Music - Chamber Choice

      Performance *****      Recording *****

"... The Goulds bring freshness, panache and infinite variety."


Erik Levi

BBC Music Magazine - February 2011

      Gramophone Recommends

"Two elegiac piano trios are well handled."

Jeremy Nicholas

Gramophone - February 2011

These two nice pieces very well handled by this trio. I was not familiar with neither of these pieces and the way they rapidly growed on me is a testament to their beauty: sometime joyeful, but mostly dramatic, with a distinctive, plaintive violin. Very beautifull indeed
D Blais