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InTune: "... Apart from their high musicianship, Trio Opus 8 approaches their taste with uncommon intellect. Tchaikovsky's Trio, like all his chamber music, is essentially symphonic in texture - more like a concerto without orchestra than a chamber piece. Trio Opus 8 performs from that point of view, adding grand Romantic vibrancy in both tempo selection and subtle use of vibrato. One hears a dedication to late 19th century style, comparable to scholarly recordings of Baroque music. Lush expressive playing dominates the lyrical passages, adding discreet bits of portamento (quick slides) to emphasize expressive phrases. But when they come to a bit of charming innocence - the mazurka variation, for instance, 14 minutes into the second movement - these musicians lighten up to something akin to salon style. These remarkable musicians maintain a general feeling for architectural line too and, above all, the dignity of Tchaikovsky's score. I've heard the work played with brilliance many times, but never with more panache..."
Selections: Tschaikowsky's Klaviertrio a-Moll Op. 50: Moderato assai, Tema con variazioni, Variazione finale e coda.