Dmitri Shostakovich – Trios Nos. 1 & 2, Viola Sonata – Vladimir Ashkenazy (2016) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Dmitri Shostakovich – Trios Nos. 1 & 2, Viola Sonata – Vladimir Ashkenazy, Zsolt-Tihamer Visontay, Mats Lidstrom, Ada Meinich (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:11:41 minutes | 1,19 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Decca
Recorded: Potton Hall, Suffolk, 17-20 September 2015

As a young man in Moscow in the early 1960s Vladimir Ashkenazy was invited by Shostakovich to play a private performance of the Piano Trio No 2 in the composer’s apartment.

Ashkenazy’s friendship with the composer and his lifelong advocacy of his music as a pianist and conductor lends the performances on this album a unique, definitive authority and he is joined by long-standing chamber music partners. Astonishingly, these are Ashkenazy’s first recordings of this music and add to a remarkable Shostakovich discography on Decca.

The three works on this album span Shostakovich’s entire creative life: from the early, rarely heard Trio No 1 – an almost uncharacteristically romantic piece written when he was 16 – to his very last composition, the Viola Sonata of 1975. In between comes the masterpiece which was born of national and personal tragedy in Leningrad in 1944: the Piano Trio No 2.

In the Trios Ashkenazy is reunited with the team he recorded Rachmaninov with: “Ashkenazy, Visontay and Lidström tap the vein of grief coursing through this music…They also unleash passion” (Daily Telegraph). And for the viola sonata, Ashkenazy is joined by the distinguished Norwegian violist Ada Meinich, until recently a member of the Faust Quartet.


Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

1. Piano Trio No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 8 13:08

Trio No.2 in E minor for piano, violin and cello, op.67
2. 1. Andante – Moderato – Poco più mosso 07:13
3. 2. Allegro con brio 02:52
4. 3. Largo 05:22
5. 4. Allegretto – Adagio 10:15

Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op.147
6. 1. Moderato 09:50
7. 2. Allegretto 07:33
8. 3. Adagio 15:31

Vladimir Ashkenazy piano
Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay violin
Mats Lidström cello
Ada Meinich viola