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Beethoven: "Ghost" Trio; Shostakovich: Trio No. 2
Ludwig van Beethoven, Dmitri Shostakovich, Jupiter Trio
Beethoven: "Ghost" Trio; Shostakovich: Trio No. 2
Genre: Classical
 
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The spectacular young Jupiter Trio won the Classical Recording Foundation's 2004 Samuel Sanders award, and this recording of two of the repertoire's greatest trios, is the result. Beethoven's trio - composed in 1809 and of...  more »

      
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All Artists: Ludwig van Beethoven, Dmitri Shostakovich, Jupiter Trio
Title: Beethoven: "Ghost" Trio; Shostakovich: Trio No. 2
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Label: Bridge
Release Date: 5/25/2004
Genre: Classical
Styles: Chamber Music, Historical Periods, Classical (c.1770-1830)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 090404914720

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The spectacular young Jupiter Trio won the Classical Recording Foundation's 2004 Samuel Sanders award, and this recording of two of the repertoire's greatest trios, is the result. Beethoven's trio - composed in 1809 and often referred to as "The Ghost" - was his first work in the genre in eleven years. Those eleven years marked a seismic rupture in Beethoven's life and music: his recognition that his hearing disability was indeed progressive and likely incurable; his subsequent suicidal depression in 1802, and his rebirth/recreation of himself in 1803 as a "hero" struggling against "fate". From the Third Symphony of 1803 on, Beethoven's music "breathes in a different world" than anything that had come before, and the "Ghost" is a perfect example of the sort of innovation and daring that marks Beethoven's mature music. Composed in 1943, Shostakovich's second trio is regarded as one of his finest compositions. Describing the first performance, Rostislav Dubinsky, later the first violinist of the Borodin Quartet remembered: "The music left a devastating impression. People cried openly. The last, the 'Jewish Part' of the Trio, by popular acclaim had to be repeated. After the first performance it was forbidden to play the Trio. Nobody was surprised." Praised for its mesmerizing energy in performance, the Jupiter Trio was awarded first prize at the Fourth Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in May of 2002. Chosen from 54 ensembles representing 19 countries, the Jupiter Trio became the first American ensemble in the history of the competition to bring home the gold medal.

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Don't Miss This
Maureen | Cupertino, Ca USA | 07/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As this prize-winning CD by the Jupiter Trio will convince you, Beethoven and Shostakovitch have much to say to contemporary audiences. The passionate conversations between instruments, the beautifully-shaped phrases, the intelligent musical choices make this a CD a collector's item. Don't miss it."
High Energy!
Lotus-Seven | 11/10/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This performance of the Beethoven "Ghost" is wonderful. The Jupiter Trio maintains their momentum and drive while carefully shaping each phrase. However, the real gem of this disc is the Shostakovich e minor Trio. It's clear that the Jupiter members really understand this music. This is a beautifully played, intelligent interpretation. The difficult string parts are well performed and the piano playing of Ms. Angelova, especially in the fourth movement is mind-blowing. Sound-wise, it would be hard to find a recording that is more detailed and cleanly recorded. Each instrument is rendered accurately and every nuance can be heard. This recorded performance is one of the few of many which I own that I will play over again immediately. Most would agree that the music of Shostakovich deserves a listener's full attention (this isn't "background music"), but this performance demands your attention. Highly recommended!"