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    The piano trio is, IMHO, the best format for creating light and shade and air and space between instruments. Although Vivaldi is a master of this with bigger ensemble. This week I've listened to the Martinu trios quite a lot.

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    Two trios I listened to recently:

    Germaine Tailleferre:



    Malcolm Arnold. This one threw me, it's very different to a lot of his music.

    First movement only:


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    This is a very old thread and apologies for coming in so late, but I am only a recently joined member.

    Most selections are highly subjective as are mine, being conditioned by the recordings in my collection or others that have stuck in my memory - Long ago I was a member of the Mozart and Schubert societies in Sydney where the music was certainly NOT confined to those composers. I also thank the various contributors for recommending many works outside my own experience. Meanwhile, my own list of favorites would be as follows:

    Dmitri Shostakovich - Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor, Op. 8 , Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67

    Chausson - Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 3

    Beethoven - Piano Trio No. 7 in B-flat major "Archduke", Op. 97

    Brahms - Piano Trio No. 2 in C major, Op. 87, Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 101

    Dvořák - Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor "Dumky", Op.90/B.166, Piano Trio No. 1 in B♭ major, Op. 21/B. 51, Piano Trio No. 2 in G minor, Op. 26/B.56

    Bloch - Piano Trio

    Taneyev - Piano Trio in D major, Op. 22

    Saint-Saëns - Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 92

    Fauré - Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 120

    Franck - Piano Trio No. 2 in B♭ major, Op. 1, No. 2, Piano Trio No. 3 in B minor, Op. 1, No.

    Ravel - Piano Trio in A minor

    Tchaikovsky - Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50

    Mendelssohn - Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49, Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66

    If anyone is interested, I can probably get the performers from my recordings for most of these
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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiebushman View Post

    If anyone is interested, I can probably get the performers from my recordings for most of these
    Thanks for joining and for your post! I'm interested in the performers (group name is enough) and label. Of the ones I know (Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorak, Faure, Mendelssohn, Ravel, Tchaikovsky) I agree with all of your choices!

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    I've just been listening to the three piano trios of Woldemar Bargiel (1828-1897). Well worthwhile a spin.
    #I♥CD

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    Quote Originally Posted by HenryPenfold View Post
    The piano trio is, IMHO, the best format for creating light and shade and air and space between instruments.
    I like this comment! Each particular combination of instruments has its own character, associations, advantages and challenges. Shostakovich, for example, would look up the existing repertoire before choosing to write for any combination.

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    Other piano trios I find captivating (and some less known) are these ones:

    Sviridov
    Weinberg
    Rubbra
    Moeran
    Tyberg
    Martin, Frank
    Villa-Lobos
    Hurlstone
    d'Ollone
    Novák, Vitezslav
    Gretchaninov
    Ropartz
    Godard
    Lalo
    Alkan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Rock View Post
    I've just been listening to the three piano trios of Woldemar Bargiel (1828-1897). Well worthwhile a spin.
    I just listened to 1 and 2. I didn't think they would appeal to me, but they are good. Somewhat different than the music related to that period and I learned that Bargiel was the (half) brother of Clara Schumann from their mother's second marriage. I feel that his music is quite distinct from that of the Schumann's.

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    Interesting that you include Alkan. I only recently discovered this composer when I acquired a collection of second hand CDs.

    The trio Op 30 manages to be highly melodic as well as lively and shares "romantic" with elements of modernism. Reviews comment that Judaic culture, the French baroque and German classicism were the main influences on Alkan's musical style. Others may disagree but I hear echoes of Brahms.

    There is an excellent introduction to the work here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeiT-ypND-E

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    Like others on this thread, my favorite piano trios are by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Shostakovich, Faure, Chausson, and Ravel.

    More off the beaten path, I also enjoy listening to the piano trios of Bohuslav Martinu, Joseph-Guy Ropartz, Guillaume Lekeu, Nikolai Roslavets, Rimsky-Korsakov, Darius Milhaud, Albert Roussel, Jean Sibelius, Vagn Holmboe (a single piano trio, entitled "Nuigen"), Joonas Kokkonen (a single piano trio composed in 1948, early in Kokkonen's career, at aged 27), and Per Nørgård (entitled, "Spell").

    Here's a clip to Holmboe and Nørgård's Piano Trios, played by Trio Ondine (both are recent discoveries for me):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQWe...wUy4LU&index=3

    Kokkonen's piano trio isn't on You Tube, but it's worth hearing (it may be on Spotify...?):

    https://www.amazon.com/Kokkonen-Meet...t+the+composer
    https://itunes.apple.com/bh/album/co...rios/460958184

    Roslavets Piano Trio No. 3:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aF7TrtrvbIg

    Milhaud Piano Trio, Op. 428 (1968) 1. Modere, 2. Anime, 3. Calme, 4. Violent:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5YWADzTMsw
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dc0R5yinww8

    Ropartz Piano Trio in A Minor:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJ5a...-atOvsTqzfNjHr

    Roussel Piano Trio, Op. 2:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMeVALPTLyk

    Lekeu Piano Trio in C Minor (1891):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCL8ww8ZXq8

    Rimsky-Korsakov Piano Trio in C Minor:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VAtdE1spCE
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    Interesting discoveries! Here is Debussy's early Piano Trio (1880, age 18; re-discovered in 1982). He started at the Paris Conservatory at 10, was very well trained before heading into new territory:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkG96SuGJhQ

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    There is a very good recording of the work on the old RCA label that features Andre Previn on Piano. Previn was a very fine Chamber performer as well as conducter. The work was composed when Debussy had taken a job as a music tutor and pianist to Madame von Meck famous as Tchaikovsky`s great benefactor. I think that the first three movements are very beautiful, the last movement seems to me to tail off a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrCello View Post
    I lose myself in Rachmaninoff's Piano Trio No. 2 every single time I listen to it. And I've been listening to it weekly for nearly four years...
    I agree Mr Cello, if you are still around 4 years later! - scanned this thread for the Trio Elegiaque as it is really one of my favourite Trios. I am no fan of Rach, too much pathos by a long way for me. This work is no different, but I find the rapturous melancholy of this piece irresistible and a remarkable achievement for a 20 year old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Knox View Post
    Interesting discoveries! Here is Debussy's early Piano Trio (1880, age 18; re-discovered in 1982). He started at the Paris Conservatory at 10, was very well trained before heading into new territory:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkG96SuGJhQ
    I've always had a soft spot for this piece. Really delightful with a beautiful slow movement.

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    Among the less well known trios my favorite is Trio No. 1 by Joaquin Turina, I have a recording of this work on Chandos CD performed by The Borodin Trio. If you like the music of Albeniz and Granados you will love this trio.

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