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MARTINU The Complete Piano Trios. Smetana Trio. Supraphon

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Martinu The Complete Piano Trios Smetana Trio Supraphon

Bohuslav Martinu (1890–1959)
The Complete Piano Trios


Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor, "Cinq pièces brèves", H 193 (1930)

  • 1/ I. Allegro moderato
  • 2/ II. Adagio
  • 3/ III. Allegro
  • 4/ IV. Allegro moderato
  • 5/ V. Allegro con brio

Piano Trio No. 2 in D minor, H 327 (1950)

  • 6/ I. Allegro moderato
  • 7/ II. Andante
  • 8/ III. Allegro

Bergerettes, H 275 (1939)

  • 9/ No. 1 Poco Allegro
  • 10/ No. 2 Allegro con brio
  • 11/ No. 3 Andantino
  • 12/ No. 4 Allegro
  • 13/ No. 5 Moderato

Piano Trio No. 3 in C major, H 332 (1951)

  • 14/ I. Allegro moderato
  • 15/ II. Andante
  • 16/ III. Allegro

Smetana Trio:
Jitka Cechová – piano
Jirí Vodicka – violin
Jan Pálenícek – cello

Recorded at the Martínek Studio, Prague, between May 2015 and January 2016

The complete set of Bohuslav Martinu’s piano trios affords a fascinating insight into the constant transformations of his musical idiom from the early 1930s to the 1950s, also giving testimony to the
composer as a human and his particular mindset.

The first, five-- movement, trio, Cinq pièces brèves (1930) was written in a carefree manner (within a mere ten days) and intuitively. It is the very first Martinu piece to reflect his penchant for Neo---Baroque music, so salient a trait of his later creations. The second trio, Bergerettes, comes across as surprisingly light-- hearted, given the time of its coming into being – in February 1939, a month prior to the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia and half a year before the outbreak of World War II ... The last two piano trios, composed in the 1950s, bear all the features of Martinu’s mature musical phraseology. Trio No. 2, completed in 1950, ranks among the apices of Martinu’s Neo---Classicist period, while the structurally more complex Trio No. 3 (also known as the “Grand Trio”) has a concertante nature.

The recording of the complete Martinu trios was made by the renowned Smetana Trio, who masterfully render all the colour shades, from airiness to the broad lyrical cantilena typical of Martinu’s late works.

The first new Supraphon album of the complete Martinu piano trios in more than 30 years ...

“a recording which is both realistic and vibrant, these performances are a magnificent tribute to the excellent state of Czech chamber music today.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2006

Supraphon SU41972

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