Dvorak: Piano Trio No. 1; Piano Trio No. 2; Piano Trio No. 3; Piano Trio No. 4; Four Romantic Pieces, Op. 75

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COMPOSERS: Dvorak
LABELS: CRD
WORKS: Piano Trio No. 1; Piano Trio No. 2; Piano Trio No. 3; Piano Trio No. 4; Four Romantic Pieces, Op. 75
PERFORMER: Cohen Trio
CATALOGUE NO: 33867 ADD 1980
It’s difficult to gainsay the pre-eminence of the Beaux Arts Trio in this repertoire but the Cohen (family) group offers a perhaps less polished but, advantageously, less public alternative. There is a sense of discovery, of genuine and intimate chamber playing in these performances. A slight lack of necessary exhilaration in some quicker movements (the ‘furiant’ element in the F minor finale is underplayed, for example) is compensated by many moments of great solace. The additional violin pieces are a lovely bonus. David Wilkins

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