ALEXANDER GRECHANINOV (1864-1956): Piano Trios No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 38 and No. 2 in G, Op. 128, Cello Sonata in E Minor, Op. 113.
Catalogue Number: 04O051
Reference: CDH 55399
Description: Dedicated to Taneyev, the first trio is an exciting, Russian sounding piece, which anyone who likes the Tchaikovsky trio will absolutely love. There are hints of Rachmaninov in the last movement, which concludes on a much more optimistic note than the Tchaikovsky. The cello sonata comes across as a more serious work with great lyrical outpourings guaranteed to please the most romantic of listeners. The second trio is characterized by Slavic sounding melodies, and a real tug of war between key signatures, which is one of this composer's most distinguishing, stylistic features. It ends highly energetically, and recalls material from the first movement in Franckian, cyclical fashion. Moscow Rachmaninov Trio. Original 2002 Hyperion release (03D003).