Ashkenazy, Visontay, Lidstrom, Meinich - Shostakovich - Piano Trios 1 & 2 / Viola Sonata (2016) Lossless

Artist:Ashkenazy, Visontay, Lidstrom, Meinich
Album Name:Shostakovich – Piano Trios 1 & 2 / Viola Sonata
Year Of Release:2016
Label:DECCA
Style:Classical
Quality:FLAC (tracks)
Total Total Time:01:11:41
Total Size:336 Mb
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01. Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 8
02-05. Shostakovich: Piano Trio No.2, Op.67
06-08. Shostakovich: Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op.147

Performers:
Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)
Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay (violin)
Mats Lidström (cello)
Ada Meinich (viola)

This very fine recording of chamber music by Shostakovich spans careers, not only that of the composer, but also that of 79-year-old pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy, who played the Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67, for Shostakovich at his home as a young man, but hasn’t recorded it until now. There are other strong recordings of this tragic wartime work, which merges the personal and the external in a way that only Shostakovich and Beethoven could do, but sample the heavy, monumental treatment of the slow movement Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67, and you’ll find it’s Ashkenazy through and through. The program includes the rarely heard Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor, Op. 8, a hotshot bit of formally ingenious, student, late Romanticism that the aging pianist catches perfectly, and the late Viola Sonata, Op. 147, a work that can collapse under its own weight, but that here is charismatic and transcendent. The other players, none of them Russian, adapt with a sure touch to piano-driven performances. A wonderful tribute from one great artist to another who inspired him, beautifully recorded.

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