Dvorak/Suk/Smetana

COMPOSERS: Dvorak/Suk/Smetana
LABELS: Meridian
WORKS: Piano Trio No. 2; Elegie, Op. 23; Piano Trio in G minor
PERFORMER: Rogeri Trio
CATALOGUE NO: CDE 84294 DDD
Both the trios were written soon after the death of a daughter. Smetana’s is the more complete expression of grief, but Dvorák’s Trio is full of distinctive melody and has a brilliant Scherzo. Performing with insight and affection, the players get the most from the emotionally less demanding Dvorák Trio. In the Smetana they could have gone a good deal further in the second and third movements. But with Suk’s Elegie as a bonus, this issue is certainly recommendable. Jan Smaczny

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