Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Piano Trio in A Minor, Op.50

Available on CD and digital download

Gil Shaham violin

Yefim Bronfman piano

Truls Mørk cello


Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio encompasses moods of gaiety, pathos and tragedy and, in the grand series of variations which form the second movement, that sense of bittersweet reminiscence of which the composer was so fond. Although he was, by his own admission, less than enamoured of this combination of instruments, Tchaikovsky created a work unique in scale and ambition, one that presents many special challenges to its performers. This is partly because of its origins as a pièce d’occasion, something which inevitably affected its scale and tone.

'Tchaikovsky's Piano Trio is a masterpiece of the genre. The finest modern recording has been on BIS with Freddy Kempf… That's challenged now by… commanding contribution in his new recording; he's equally bold and strong in the bolder moments of the opening Pezzo elegiaco and his unforced virtuosity is as memorable... Gil Shaham and Truls Mørk are just as warm and sensitive, spacious and charismatic, especially in the quicksilver finale which moves from resoluto and con fuoco to a very touching closing Andante lugubre'

Gramophone

'So many CDs, so little time…. but every once in a while a disc arrives for review that grabs me so thoroughly that I find myself listening to it over and over. I’ve got one now in Canary Classics’ new release of the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in A minor. This is an irresistible recording, performed by three outstanding soloists who collaborate here like a dream: pianist Yefim Bronfman, violinist Gil Shaham, and cellist Truls Mork. It’s a wonderful piece of chamber music. The performers seem to be having a terrific time, and it’s infectious. Don’t miss this one.'

St Louis Post-Dispatch