Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904) - Piano Trio in B flat major, Op. 21 B 51 (1875, rev. 1880) 28:56
1. I. Allegro molto 9:16
2. II. Adagio molto e mesto 8:02
3. III. Allegretto scherzando 5:45
4. IV. Finale. Allegro vivace 5:48
Zdeněk Fibich (1850-1900) - Piano Trio in F minor (1872) 15:41
5. I. Molto con fuoco 6:56
6. II. Adagio ma non troppo 2:48
7. III. Vivacissimo 5:52
Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959) - Piano Trio No. 2 in D minor H 327 (1950) 14:52
8. I. Allegro moderato 4:20
9. II. Andante 5:55
10. III. Allegro 4:32
In their third title, the Smetana Trio presents us with piano trios from the recent chapters of Czech music history. The oldest piece on the album, Zdeněk Fibich's Piano Trio in F minor, was written in 1872 when the composer was just twenty-one years old.
This remarkable piece bears witness to Fibich's extraordinary talent and is perhaps the second important piano trio in the Czech literature after Smetana's Trio in G minor (recorded on SU38102131). Following up on their second album, which contains Dvořák's Trios Nos 3 and 4, the ensemble has recorded his Piano Trio No. 1. This piece, completed only three years after Fibich's, employs a wide range of expressions from fascinating canonic sections to lyrically calm passages to the stirring optimism of the Finale. The CD closes with the 1950 Piano Trio in D minor, one of the best works of Bohuslav Martinů's later life. It brings his neoclassical period to a close and bears distinctive signs of the synthetic style that characterized the last period of his compositions. This CD promises to be a worthy successor to their previous album (SU38722131) which received a number of awards, including the 2007 BBC Music Magazine Award and the Diapason d'Or.