Smetana Trio: Czech Musicians Perform Beethoven, Brahms, and Smetana
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Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Rich Schmidt
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Czech ensemble played a varied program with European precision and Slavic passion. Early Beethoven Trio was delightful and not heard often enough for me. The group really warmed up in the Brahms Trio which ran the gamut as far as tempo is concerned and which the program notes indicated was written for Piano, Viola and Clarinet. Evidently it was well well transcribed, for we were mesmerized by the Smetana Trio's rendition which consist of the somewhat more conventional instrumentation: namely Piano, Violin and Cello. The audience gave them a warm welcome and they returned the favor after intermission with an authentic Czech piece by Smetana himself. I am very appreciative of the O/C Phil for bringing such great chamber music [as well as other programming] to the Barclay.
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Wow! What a trio! They have an almost supernatural bond. Perfect entrances, perfect dynamics, always on pitch, and incredible emotional involvement--this was an evening to remember. If they ever come back (and I sure hope they do), do NOT miss...continued
Quotes & Highlights
Listen to a sample of the Smetana Trio’s performance: Allegro, Piano Trio No.2 in D Minor H 327
BEETHOVEN: Trio in B-flat major, Op. 11
BRAHMS: Trio in C minor, Op. 101
SMETANA: Trio in G minor, Op. 15
As part of its United States debut tour, The Smetana Trio makes an Orange County appearance performing Beethoven: Trio in B-flat major, Op. 11; Brahms: Trio in C minor, Op. 101; and Smetana: Trio in G minor, Op. 15. Regarded as one of the foremost Czech ensembles, the Smetana Trio is the first Czech ensemble to have won the BBC Music Magazine Award.