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Shostakovich Piano Trios and Quintet • London Mozart Trio and Chamber Ensemble


Shostakovich Piano Trios No. 1 and 2 and Quintet for Piano and Strings

Colin Stone - Piano
Krzysztof Smietana - Violin
Leonid Gorokhov - Cello


Dimitar Burov - Violin
David Greenlees - Viola

  • Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, op. 67  
  • Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor, op. 8  
  • Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor, op. 57  

Released April 2008 - A Big Ears production

Classic FM Magazine's Chamber Music CD of the Month

The Second Trio was written during the final stages of the war and completed in August 1944. The Trio has four movements to the Quintet’s five but both have formally straight forward scherzi, both employ fugal forms and both have cyclical last movements.

Shostakovich wrote the first of his two piano trios in 1923, on either side of his seventeenth birthday. The death of his father in 1922 had plunged the family into financial difficulties and both Dmitri and his elder sister Mariya had to go out to work.

At least the young Shostakovich’s prodigious gifts allowed him to find work that afforded some outlet for his creativity: playing the piano at the cinema, improvising and composing music for the otherwise silent films. According to Shostakovich’s younger sister rehearsals of the First Piano Trio actually took place during showings of the films.

The Piano Quintet, written in the spring of 1940 shortly after the completion of his Sixth Symphony, is an enigmatic work. From the dramatic piano solo at the start of the first movement to the almost whimsical coda of the finale, the musical ideas are clear and accessible but the “extra-musical” meaning of the work is far from certain.

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