Antonín Dvořák’s music is certainly a product of the 19th century. It’s also clearly indebted to the music of Johannes Brahms. Dvořák infuses his works with the passion and restless energy of Brahms but without his dense chordal writing and heaviness. Dvořák’s music flows with rhythmic vitality and infectious melodicism that he frequently enhances with Slavic undertones.
It takes performers of refined musicality and perceptive interpretative talents to capture the essence and uniqueness of these works. And fortunately violinist Maria Bachmann, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach and pianist Jon Klibonoff – collectively known as Trio Solisti – have what it takes to do justice to the Czech composer’s music. They have a fabulous sense of expression that allows them to capture the nuances and subtle shadings of Dvořák’s intimate chamber music. And their technique is no less impressive.
The group’s new album, which has just been released, is a marvelous pairing of Dvořák’s op. 65 and op. 90 (Dumky) piano trios. Of the four trios Dvořák wrote, these two are without question the most popular and most frequently performed and recorded.
The three players bring their consummate artistry to bear in their performances. Of special note is the slow movement of the op. 65, which in their hands is absolutely sublime.
Also striking is the way in which they capture the constantly shifting moods of the op. 90. They play this work with imagination and finely honed articulation. And there is a wonderful cohesiveness to each of the six movements comprising this work.
There are a lot of options when choosing a recording of these two trios. But it’s difficult to find anything better. This is Dvořák and Trio Solisti at their best.
(Click here to read a preview of Trio Solisti’s upcoming Salt Lake City concert.)
(Click here to read Ed Reichel’s review of Trio Solisti’s recent concert in Salt Lake City with soprano Amy Burton.)