Fujita Piano Trio - Shostakovich, Ravel: Piano Trios

Fujita Piano Trio - Shostakovich, Ravel: Piano Trios
Shostakovich, Ravel: Piano Trios
Chamber Music
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The Fujita Piano Trio is a group of Japanese-born, London-based sisters who have released three discs thus far: a 2001 recording of Toru Takemitsu's chamber works followed by a 2003 recording of Tchaikovsky's Piano Trio, and then this 2006 recording coupling of the trios of Shostakovich and Ravel. But while the Fujita sisters' readings of Shostakovich's trios are persuasive enough, their account of Ravel's trio is simply terrific. Their playing is lean and cool in all three works, with a strong but flexible tone, an elegant ensemble, and a buoyant sense of rhythm. These are, however, qualities that arguably work better in Ravel's elegant modernism than in Shostakovich's anguished modernism. Compare the sisters' elfin delicacy in Ravel's "Pantoum" with their sinewy vigor in Shostakovich's Allegretto from his Second Trio. The former is absolutely appropriate for the music's ethereal grace, but the latter has only a fraction of the emotional power needed to put across the music's bitter irony. Worth hearing for the Ravel, the listener unfamiliar with Shostakovich's trios may be better off pointed in the direction of the Beaux Arts Trio's Philips recordings. Recorded in Studio 2 of Swedish Radio in Stockholm, the digital sound here is clean, close, and, at times, perhaps too intimate.

Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor, Op. 8Fujita Piano Trio12:46 Amazon
Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67
1. Andante - Moderato - Poco più mossoFujita Piano Trio7:02
2. Allegro non troppoFujita Piano Trio2:56 Amazon
3. LargoFujita Piano Trio5:24
4. Allegretto - AdagioFujita Piano Trio10:16 Amazon
Piano Trio in A minor
1. ModéréFujita Piano Trio9:18 Amazon
2. Pantoum (Assez vif)Fujita Piano Trio4:22
3. Passacaille (Très large)Fujita Piano Trio6:55 Amazon
4. Final (Animé)Fujita Piano Trio5:16 Amazon

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