Tchaikovsky, Babajanian: Piano Trios - Gluzman, Moser, Sudbin

Tchaikovsky, Babajanian: Piano Trios - Gluzman, Moser, Sudbin

BIS  BIS-2372

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Chamber

Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio
Babajanian: Piano Trio
Schnittke: Tango from 'Life with an Idiot'

Vadim Gluzman (violin)
Johannes Moser (cello)
Yevgeny Sudbin (piano)

In Russian chamber music, a rather special tradition evolved around the piano trio, with a number of composers turning to the genre to write ‘instrumental requiems’. First out was Tchaikovsky with his Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50, ‘a la mémoire d’un grand artiste’, and he was followed by composers such as Rachmaninov, Arensky and Shostakovich. In the case of Tchaikovsky’s trio, the ‘grand artiste’ was the pianist Nikolai Rubinstein, and Tchaikovsky chose the trio genre as he felt that a piece for solo piano would be too lightweight and one with orchestral accompaniment would be too showy. The work is in two movements, a Pezzo elegiaco (‘elegiac piece’) and a set of variations, and it begins with the cello playing a moving lament which sets the tone for the entire first movement. The theme returns at the end of the second movement in the form of an impassioned funeral march.

Seventy years later, when the Armenian composer and pianist Arno Babajanian(1921 83) wrote his Piano Trio in F sharp minor, he didn’t give it any subtitle, but there’s a grandeur and breadth of scale which rivals Tchaikovsky’s work – and the second movement is thoroughly elegiac in character. The trio is Babajanian’s best-known work, composed in the Romantic style of Rachmaninov, but also rooted in Armenian folk music, melodically as well as rhythmically. Performing the two works are Vadim Gluzman and Yevgeny Sudbin, both with Russian roots, joined by cellist Johannes Moser, and the three close the disc with Sudbin’s arrangement of a brief Tango by Alfred Schnittke.

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PCM recording

Recorded in December 2017 at the Sendesaal, Bremen, Germany, 24/96

Instruments: Violin - Antonio Stradivari 1690, ‘ex-Leopold Auer’; Cello - Andrea Guarneri, 1694; Piano - Steinway D

Recording producer and sound engineer: Marion Schwebel (Take5 Music Production)

Executive producer: Robert Suff
Comments (6)

Comment by onenairb - September 7, 2019 (1 of 6)

Like all his recording, this can also be purchased, signed, from Yevgeny Sudbin's website.

Comment by Dissonance - September 12, 2019 (2 of 6)

Should be another blockbuster for BIS; three outstanding musicians and Tchaikovsky’s lovely Piano Trio...

Comment by Steven Harrison - September 17, 2019 (3 of 6)

I received this disc in the mail yesterday, direct from Yevgeny. It's wonderful. Also my first Bis in the new Ecopack packaging, with no plastic. Oh, pity that discs didn't start out being packaged this way as the packaging is thinner and so more can go on to the rack shelf in the same space. Also, would have been good for the no plastic feature too. Hats off to Yevgeny and Robert.

Comment by hiredfox - September 30, 2019 (4 of 6)

I recall Steven, the endless debates we had on the old site about packaging. The consensus then was that cardboard cases were regarded as much inferior, cheap and often fell apart.

Times change aye?

Nowt wrong with Super Jewel Boxes, carbon is locked up in them for a very long time. Not all plastic is the work of the Devil.

Comment by Steven Harrison - October 1, 2019 (5 of 6)

Yes, I remember the debates from long ago when people could actually discuss things here, rather than how it is now though no use going there.
Robert did not like super jewel boxes and really didn't like regular ones either. And digipaks are okay unless the plastic breaks. I like these new cardboard paks. They take up less space on the rack, if for no other reason. And hopefully they save Robert some money as he issues everything on sacd at cd prices, and is likely a large reason the one non Japanese pressing plant is still pressing sacd's.
A few new releases got added a couple days ago. The first additions in three weeks. This is not an encouraging sign, but hopefully not regularly repeated.

Comment by k-spin - October 10, 2019 (6 of 6)

Sadly I don't think these will save Robert any money. According to the BIS website, the new Ecopak is "about 20% more expensive to produce than a normal plastic jewel case".