20 Years Guarneri Trio, Prague = DVORAK: Dumky Trio in E Minor, Op. 90; BEETHOVEN: Archduke Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 97 – Guarneri Trio – Praga

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20 Years Guarneri Trio, Prague = DVORAK: Dumky Trio in E Minor, Op. 90; BEETHOVEN: Archduke Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 97 – Guarneri Trio – Praga Multichannel SACD PRD 350026, 64:55 (Distrib. Harmonia mundi) ****:

Captured in actual performance–22 October 2000 (Beethoven) and 23 March 2004 (Dvorak)–the Guarneri Trio celebrates their first twenty years of association (as of November 2006) on this eminently happy disc in glorious surround sound modality, so that the figures by Dvorak and Beethoven surge and dance right through your sound space walls. The tempos for the Dvorak Trio–a piece the Guarneri Trio played at their inception concert– prove singularly idiosyncratic, with speed-ups and slow-downs of potent, often poignant brilliance and lyricism, each demonstrating an ensemble identity as strong as anything we find in the legacy of the Beaux Arts Trio. Ivan Klansky’s lithe piano touch, complemented by the sweet violin of Cenek Pavlik’s violin and Marek Jerie’s noble cello line, move this music in scintillating bursts of color, light, and folk wisdom. Those last pages, always filled with Dvorak’s capacity to produce the “. . .and so my children. . .” quality of a folk ballad or fairytale, haunts one’s musical imagination.

The “symphony for piano trio,” Beethoven’s magnum opus for such an ensemble, the so-called Archduke Trio, combines at every turn in this rendition spaciousness with lyrical grace. Again, the seamless homogeneity of musical style permeates the musical execution, with Klansky’s stunning ornaments and the breadth of the melodic line. Much of the musical evolution reminds me of the Oistrakh Trio’s inscription from over a generation past. Solid cello resonance from Jerie while the upper voices syncopate one against the other. The Scherzo moves with brisk energy; the Andante cantabile makes for a bittersweet song that promises much for the next twenty years’ association of these marvelous musicians. The buoyant Allegro moderato finale bespeaks the easy grace of long partnership, a thorough unanimity of mind to which the audience gratefully responds, a fine pair of chamber renditions preserved by engineer Franck Guinfoleau.

— Gary Lemco

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