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Shostakovich: Piano Quintet; Piano Trio No. 2
Dmitry Shostakovich, Borodin Trio
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet; Piano Trio No. 2
Genre: Classical
 
Shostakovich's Piano Quintet is a 1940 composition, written when World War II was looming over the horizon. It is, nonetheless, a melodic, lyrical work that strikes extraordinary balances between each of the strings and ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Dmitry Shostakovich, Borodin Trio
Title: Shostakovich: Piano Quintet; Piano Trio No. 2
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Label: Chandos
Release Date: 10/9/1992
Genre: Classical
Styles: Chamber Music, Historical Periods, Classical (c.1770-1830)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 095115834220, 009511583422

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Shostakovich's Piano Quintet is a 1940 composition, written when World War II was looming over the horizon. It is, nonetheless, a melodic, lyrical work that strikes extraordinary balances between each of the strings and the piano. (At least 14 performances of the Piano Quintet are out on CD.) The Piano Trio (1944) is even more popular (25 recordings or more). It's a much grimmer work, however, with the violin playing as close to the bridge as possible. People openly wept at its fourth movement and the work was banned for the duration of the war. Excellent performances and superior recorded sound, typical of Chandos. --Paul Cook

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Brilliant Performances of Two Shostakovich Chamber Masterpie
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 01/20/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Borodin Trio (Rostislav Dubinsky, violin, Luba Edlina, piano, and Yuli Turovsky, cello) join forces with guest Mimi Zweig, violin, and Jerry Horner, viola in performing the demanding but intoxicatingly beautiful Piano Quintet in G minor, Opus 57 and as a trio the Piano Trio in E minor, Opus 67. Both works are from the 1940s (Quintet 1940, Trio 1944), the war years in Europe and the world. Yet despite the references to angst in the works they both abound in some light passages that could very well be tongue in cheek, being works form a composer who never quite aligned with his native country's choices of governance.

The Quintet opens with a spacious, plangent Lento (echoed later in the 4th movement Lento) but in the second movements it prances to the tune we all know as 'New York, New York, a Wonderful Town!' and one wonders the derivation... The Quintet is performed in this 1983 recording with such precision and lush tone that a finer recording just cannot be imagined.

Much the same can be said for the Trio in E Minor that allows the Borodin Trio to demonstrate what perfection of communication among its members they have. Here, too, are themes that have gone on to become mysterious echoes form Shostakovich's other works. This recording has withstood the time test and for those who appreciate the many aspects of Shostakovich's musical genius and tortured mind, this recording is a must for the library. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, January 07"
My Favorite Shostakovich CD...
David Anderson | New York, NY | 01/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"...and I have dozens.

The Piano Quintet and Trio No 2 are among the best pieces in Shotakovich's incredibly rich chamber music output. This is the best recording I've heard of either piece.

Excellent sound and performance. Get it!"
A brilliant reading of the Second Piano Trio
Alex | New Jersey, USA | 11/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"After much searching, I found this recording of one of my favorite of Shostakovich's work: the Piano Trio No. 2. For me, the realization of the fourth movement in this piece is the acid test for any recording and here we have a superb performance. Buy without hesitation."