Dvorak's Piano Trio # 3

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Dvorak's Piano Trio # 3

Post by Rach3 » Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:44 am

An attractive performance of Dvorak’s Piano Trio No.3 in F minor, Op.65, by the Trio Martinu, May, 2018, at Theater Tilburg , my first hearing of the work ( may have heard the 2nd mov. before ) :

https://www.nporadio4.nl/concerten/7883 ... t-tsjechie

“Many regard Dvořák's Piano Trio No. 3 in f-minor as a milestone. It is uncharacteristically serious, stormy and fraught with tragic conflict, unusual for a man generally regarded as sanguine, uncomplicated and most un-neurotic. It is supposed that Dvořák was venting his grief after recently losing his mother. But the trio seems to have arisen from another crisis as well: the pleading of friends and colleagues to move beyond his obsession with folk-oriented Slavic nationalism in music, to achieve a more cosmopolitan European style and a reputation beyond provincialism. Yet a third aspect of this turning point was surely Dvořák's "natural" development: because of or simply simultaneous with these other events, Dvořák, at forty-two, achieved a new level of maturity as a composer. With the first international success of his Slavonic Dances a few years behind him and his fateful trip to America still a decade away, Dvořák produced his first complex chamber music masterwork, a stunning epic that seemed to gather all these challenges into a forceful amalgam.
For a number of years, Dvořák received support, mentorship and inspiration from Brahms who was seven years his senior. The Piano Trio in f minor has been called Dvořák's most "Brahmsian" work. Yet both composers worked contemporaneously turning out trios, piano and string quartets neck and neck. It is possible that influence passed in both directions and that they simply shared a musical culture of time and place, the Viennese style being a hybrid of Austrian, Hungarian and Bohemian origins since Haydn's early years. Regardless, Dvořák's third piano trio is a magnificent work, itself a hybrid of "European" classicism, potent arch-Romanticism, Slavic nationalism as well as the unique musical personality of Dvořák himself…”

https://www.earsense.org/chamberbase/wo ... /?pkey=796

In my old age, I am loving Dvorak more and more.

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