Magazine article Gramophone

Arensky: Piano Trios-No 1

Magazine article Gramophone

Arensky: Piano Trios-No 1

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Arensky

Piano Trios--No 1, Op 32; No 2, Op 73 The Wilkomirski Trio

Dux (F) DUX1320 (66' * DDD)

The Wilkomirski Trio are endorsed by the Wilkomirski Family Foundation, whose mission is to continue the artistic legacy of a distinguished 20th-century Polish musical dynasty. And although no members of this young Polish ensemble are related to the family, they play with a definite feeling for tradition. The string players use wide, lush vibrato and unselfconscious portamentos; pianist Lukasz Trepczyriski dispatches great cascades of notes in the grand manner. These performances of Arensky's two piano trios are spacious, committed and played as if these artists mean what they're saying.

And make no mistake: Arensky doesn't get more compelling than the D minor First Trio--a brooding masterpiece written as an elegy for the great cellist Karl Davidoff. The Wilkomirskis approach it with ardour, tempered by a touching reticence: details such as violinist Celina Kotz's little hesitations over the semiquavers in the opening theme or the inwardness they find in the final pages of the fourth movement throw a potent air of melancholy over their whole account. …

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