Dvorák: Piano Trio, Op. 65; Dumky, Op. 90

Dvorák: Piano Trio, Op. 65; Dumky, Op. 90

by Max Brod Trio
     
 

Antonin Dvorák's so-called "Dumky" Trio, the "Piano Trio in E minor, Op. 90" (the booklet notes here make the interesting point that the composer himself simply called the work "Dumky"), is based on the rhythm of a Czech or Ukrainian folk dance called the Dumka; "Dumky" is the plural form of that word. The work has always been popular,See more details below

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Antonin Dvorák's so-called "Dumky" Trio, the "Piano Trio in E minor, Op. 90" (the booklet notes here make the interesting point that the composer himself simply called the work "Dumky"), is based on the rhythm of a Czech or Ukrainian folk dance called the Dumka; "Dumky" is the plural form of that word. The work has always been popular, and the general tendency has been to treat it as a Czech-flavored analogue to some of Brahms' dance pieces. It is ripe for a rehearing, however, and the Max Brod Trio delivers an entirely novel reading. The opening movement is more tightly structured than usual; whereas many groups resolve the seeming contradiction between the opening Lento maestoso tempo indication and the "quasi doppio movimento" direction for the main theme in favor of the introduction, this group keeps the double proportion intact. After that, however, things become moodier and altogether distinctive. The dance rhythms that figure so strongly in most readings of this trio recede into the background and take on an uncanny quality of passing in a dreamlike sequence. It's not that the Max Brod Trio applies a lot of rubato; it doesn't. But it creates a quiet, low-key atmosphere that lets the work breathe and turns it into a kind of nocturnal rhapsody. This is an unusual interpretation that should be sampled well, but it's beautifully worked out. The more dramatically intense "Piano Trio in F minor, Op. 65," perhaps doesn't fit the group's style quite as well, but the slow movement here is gorgeous. With superbly clear sound from the specialist audiophile label Audiomax (formerly MDG), this qualifies as a major late-Romantic chamber music release.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/10/2011
Label:
Audiomaxx
UPC:
0760623168227
catalogNumber:
7031682

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  1. Piano Trio No. 3 in F minor, B. 130 (Op. 65) (once listed as Op. 64)  - Antonin Dvorák  -  Max Brod Trio  - Hans-Joachim Sallawitz
  2. Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor ("Dumky"), B. 166 (Op. 90)  - Antonin Dvorák  -  Max Brod Trio  - Hans-Joachim Sallawitz

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