Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio - Swiss Piano Trio
Classical - Chamber
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor Op. 50 "In Memory of a Great Artist"
Swiss Piano Trio
In March 1881 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky received the news of the death of his friend Nikolai Rubinstein whilst he was in Paris - a great blow for the composer who had been engaged to teach at the newly founded Moscow Conservatory thanks to Rubinstein. Tchaikovsky decided to dedicate a piece of music to his late friend - not a classical work for choir or orchestra but one for piano trio. The memory of Rubinstein evidently enraptured him to the extent that he burst all dimensions with his Trio Op. 50. Two monumental movements make up a memorial work which, however, also has optimistic moments. Following an "Elegiac piece" is a set of variations with a duration of nearly thirty minutes which comprises a slow movement, scherzo and finale, all under the roof of a simple Russian theme. Technically, this trio presents a challenge to every piano trio.
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Recorded March 3-6, 2011 at Temple du bas, Neuchatel, Switzerland, 24/44,1
Equipment: Schoeps MK25 + MK4, Sennheiser MKH 20 + MKH 8040, Neumann U87; RME mic-amplifier octamic II; Sequoia II; Dynaudio Air 6; Jecklin headphones
PCM-DSD conversion: Philips AFC, Sigma Delta type D
SACD authoring: Philips SACD creator
Recording producer: Dipl.-Tonmeister Bernhard Hanke
Executive producer: Dipl.-Tonmeister Ludger Böckenhoff