Zemlinsky, Rachmaninov, Arensky - Piano Trios | Supraphon SU42582

Zemlinsky, Rachmaninov, Arensky - Piano Trios


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Label: Supraphon

Cat No: SU42582

Barcode: 0099925425821

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 15th March 2019



The three pieces the Smetana Trio have selected for their new album came into being within the range of a mere four years, yet they represent three different musical universes. Anton Arensky’s Piano Trio evokes the atmosphere of the 19th-century salons, where music was played to delight the gathered bourgeoisie company.

The work Alexander Zemlinsky created at the age of 25 marks the accession of the seeking of new sound and harmony. The one-movement trio Sergei Rachmaninov, a piano virtuoso and composer rolled into one, wrote when he was 19, teems with elegiac nobleness, which would remain the quintessential trait of the future globetrotter’s music. And whereas Arensky’s short life was marred by inner turmoil, the paths of Zemlinsky and Rachmaninov were affected by outer circumstances – both of them died within a year, far away from their respective homelands, in the United States.

With their typical vivacity and zest, the internationally renowned Smetana Trio perform three remarkable compositions dating from the late 19th century.

Supraphon and the Smetana Trio would like to thank Mr. Sam Ersan, whose generous contribution made this recording possible.

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