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The elegant drama

Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49 Molto allegro ed agitato Andante con moto tranquillo Scherzo. Leggiero e vivace Finale: Allegro assai appassionato By the time Felix Mendelssohn wrote the first of his two piano trios, the 30 year old had already established himself as one of the finest and most […]

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Destined for stardom?

Anton Arensky Piano trio No.1, Op.32 Allegro moderato Scherzo. Allegro molto Elegia. Adagio Finale (Allegro non troppo) It is somewhat puzzling, what kept Anton Arensky from achieving the stellar status his contemporaries enjoy nowadays. Deeply rooted in the Russian romantic tradition, Arensky had learned his trade from Rimski-Korsakov, and was well respected as a concert […]

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Remembrance of love

Dmitri Shostakovich –┬áPiano Trio No.1, Op.8, “Poeme” Although romanticism isn’t the first thing to come to mind when one thinks of the great Soviet composer, Dmitry Shostakovich; his first piano trio certainly has all the musical qualities, and motivation behind it, to be called a true romantic piece. “Mitya (Dmitri) has grown, got a suntan, […]

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…whistling in the street…

Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op.11, “Gassenhauer“ Allegro con brio Adagio Tema con variazioni (“Pria ch’io l’impegno”: Allegretto) Beethoven’s piano trio Op.11 was composed in 1797, when he was 27 years old. Originally scored for the unusual combination of clarinet-cello-piano, it was, like many works of that time, slightly modified and published […]

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