- Piano Trio No. 2 in G minor, B. 56 (Op. 26)
- Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor ("Dumky"), B. 166 (Op. 90)
Remember how good the first volume of Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm series of recordings by the Vienna Piano Trio of Dvorák's "Piano Trios" was? Well, the second volume is just as good, meaning that it is one of the best recordings of the music ever made. Indeed, this disc may be even better then the first. True, the performance of the Vienna Piano Trio is just as ardent, just as subtle, just as convincing, and just as musical as on the earlier disc. True, the sound of the MD&G recording is just as warm, just as detailed, just as deep, and just as real as the earlier disc. But while the earlier disc featured Dvorák's stormy "Piano Trio in F minor" along with an early "Piano Trio," this disc features the beloved "Dumky Piano Trio" along with an early "Piano Trio." It's not that the F minor is an inferior work; far from it. But the "Dumky" is a much more appealing work, or, rather, works: a series of six Bohemian dances called dumky that Dvorák wrote for a piano trio consisting of Dvorák on piano along with two of his friends on violin and cello. The "Dumky" are Dvorák at his charming best: open-hearted, life-affirming, and altogether delightful. And on this superbly played and superbly recorded disc, Dvorák's "Dumky" has never sounded better. If you have the other disc -- or even if you don't -- this is surely one of the best Dvorák discs of 2004.