Dvorak: Piano Trio No. 1; Piano Trio No. 2; Piano Trio No. 3; Piano Trio No. 4

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COMPOSERS: Dvorak
LABELS: Philips Duo
WORKS: Piano Trio No. 1; Piano Trio No. 2; Piano Trio No. 3; Piano Trio No. 4
PERFORMER: Beaux Arts Trio
CATALOGUE NO: 454 259-2 ADD (1969)
There is distinction on nearly every track of these two CDs. The Beaux Arts’ performances of three out of four of Dvorák’s trios bear comparison with the finest available, and it would be hard to imagine a finer reading of the early G minor Trio. The one disadvantage is an overly jaunty approach to the first movement of the B flat Trio. Everywhere else, and particularly in the slow movements, the playing is wonderful and the late Sixties sound entirely convincing. Jan Smaczny

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