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Re: Smetana's Dům
« Reply #20 on: May 26, 2021, 11:32:48 AM »
I was recently listening to Smetana's Piano Trio in G minor in this astounding recording:



I've always liked this piece, but upon listening to this recording it absolutely blew me away. It's now firmly one of my very favorite piano trios - a masterwork of great emotional depth and melodic distinction. Smetana wrote it after the death of his daughter and one can sense his pain in the music. The sheer soulfulness of the melodies and the imaginative ways in which Smetana utilizes them is just so touching. The transformation of of the wistful secondary theme in an ecstatic blaze of joy near the end of the movement is an absolutely incredible moment! Not to mention the work sounds quite ahead of its time for 1854-55! I consider it a shame that Smetana didn't write more chamber music, but we must be thankful we have this trio in addition to his two wonderful string quartets.

Absolutely great recording, strongly recommended. Excellent trio.