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Smetana Trio - Bohuslav Martinu: The Complete Piano Trios (2016)

FLAC (log,tracks+cue), Lossless | Label: Supraphon | Classical | 01:11:24 | 316 Mb

Tracklist:

01. Piano trio No.3 in C major, H332 (1951) - I. Allegro moderato
02. Piano trio No.3 in C major, H332 (1951) - II. Andante
03. Piano trio No.3 in C major, H332 (1951) - III. Allegro
04. Bergerettes, H275 (1939) - I. Poco allegro
05. Bergerettes, H275 (1939) - II. Allegro con brio
06. Bergerettes, H275 (1939) - III. Andantino
07. Bergerettes, H275 (1939) - IV. Allegro moderato
08. Bergerettes, H275 (1939) - V. Moderato
09. Piano trio No.2 in D minor, H327 (1950) - I. Allegro moderato
10. Piano trio No.2 in D minor, H327 (1950) - II. Andante
11. Piano trio No.2 in D minor, H327 (1950) - III. Allegro
12. Piano trio No.1 in C minor, H193 (1930), "Cinq pieces breves" - I. Allegro moderato
13. Piano trio No.1 in C minor, H193 (1930), "Cinq pieces breves" - II. Adagio
14. Piano trio No.1 in C minor, H193 (1930), "Cinq pieces breves" - III. Allegro
15. Piano trio No.1 in C minor, H193 (1930), "Cinq pieces breves" - IV. Allegro moderato
16. Piano trio No.1 in C minor, H193 (1930), "Cinq pieces breves" - V. Allegro con brio

Two of the Bohuslav Martinu piano trios recorded here were written in France, and two in the U.S. (where Martinu was, among other things, a teacher of Burt Bacharach). Yet there is something Czech about all of it, and this release by the Smetana Trio may be the recording of choice for the group. As a whole you might label the music neoclassic, but each work departs far enough from that label to make it meaningless. The must-have item here is the Bergerettes, H 275, of 1939, a set of five short dances that beautifully integrate da capo-form, Baroque dances with Czech folk rhythm and tonality. Unaccountably neglected, these works were published only in the 1960s. Sample the subtle mode mixture of the third "Bergerette, Andantino" (track 6), The Piano Trio No. 1 of 1930 is a fine specimen of inter-war chamber music, with an edgy harmonic idiom and hints of jazz. The two later trios have become possible to perform again with the fall of the modernist diktat. Both add a Romantic expressiveness to the contrapuntal orientation of French neoclassicicm, and both are thoroughly attractive works. The Smetana Trio offers clean, melodically warm playing, and Supraphon's studio sound is entirely satisfactory. Highly recommended.

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