- Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor ("Dumky"), B. 166 (Op. 90) - Antonin Dvorák - Wien Haydn Trio
- Piano Trio in G minor, JB 1:64 (Op. 15) - Bedrich Smetana - Wien Haydn Trio
Antonín Dvorák and Bedrich Smetana, who championed the Nationalistic movement in music in their native Czechoslovakia, infused a great deal of the Czech folk idiom into virtually every genre of their output. Chamber music was no exception, as evidenced by these two cornerstones of the piano trio repertoire. Dvorak's "Dumky Trio" -- characterized by alternating passages of slow and fast -- is by far the better known. This 1979 performance by the Haydn-Trio, Vienna, does not entirely capture these sharp contrasts. The tempos lean more toward the slow end, making slow parts of the dumka laborious and fast parts somewhat lackluster. While the intonation and technique are generally quite solid, the group's tone quality seems better suited for music by its namesake (Haydn) and his contemporaries. All three musicians' sound is rather thin and lacking in robustness; while listeners can hear the string players trying to really dig in from time to time (more so in the Smetana than in the Dvorák,) these moments are too infrequent and inconsistent. The piano's sound in particular is quite lacking in substantial bass sound and overall resonance. Listeners should also note that the references made to specific tracks in the liner notes are inaccurately labeled.