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Eroica Trio: Dvorak/Shostakovich/Rachmaninov

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The Eroica Trio has attained a remarkable reputation in a relatively short time. The players are technically excellent; their seamless ensemble, close rapport, and fine balance prove that they started playing together as young students. Their most striking characteristics are their flamboyance, intensity, and glamorous looks; the record jacket credits the stylists of their clothes, hair, and makeup. Their long association with these works shows in their utter security and in the daring liberties they take with rhythm, tempo, and phrasing, but their excesses and exaggerations, rather than expressing an inner emotional impulse, seem superimposed for outward effect. The string players' fast, nervous vibrato is unvaried; their incessant, slow, sentimental slides--especially the cellist's--are distracting. Shostakovich, a composer given to extremes, is better suited to their approach than Dvorák: the first movement opens eerily; the rhythms are sharp and pungent; the Scherzo is very fast and brilliant, the texture clear. The slow movement is extremely slow, too lush, not bleak enough; the Finale is wild. Their own arrangement of the Rachmaninoff is good, but the playing is too extroverted. --Edith Eisler

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  • Composer: Antonin Dvorak, Dmitry Shostakovich, Sergey Rachmaninov
  • Audio CD (October 20, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00000DD9J
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,204 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Bradley P. Lehman on March 14, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Four stars for the Dvorak, three for the Shostakovich, two for the Rachmaninoff.
I bought this with trepidation, after trying half a dozen times to like their debut album and always failing. As I pointed out in my review of that one, the Eroica Trio doesn't deliver slow music convincingly. I bought this anyway because I wanted the Shostakovich and Dvorak trios: convenience, a good pairing for CD. Plus I had a morbid curiosity to hear what the generic Eroica interpretation would do to these pieces. The problems are still here, but at least this music can take their approach better than the elegant Ravel trio can.
The Eroica Trio sounds most comfortable with tense music. They're excellent when things get hyped up (though there is also a tendency to bang the loud parts too vehemently). They can deliver high voltage as well as anyone. But when they slow down, and they often take slow tempos to iconoclastic extremes, it seems stiff and cautious. It just sounds like note-note-note being fit into place, instead of expressive phrases. This makes their recorded performances dull and episodic...stretches of boredom while we wait for them to wrench the tempos back into their comfort zone. They pull the music into disparate sections rather than playing it from the inside, letting it grow naturally.
This works fairly well in the "Dumky," which is a piece of extreme contrasts anyway. The lively parts are delivered with great enthusiasm. The slow parts, which are supposed to be sorrowful and introspective, are dry-eyed and don't show much depth. But at least this piece fits the Eroica Trio's style of playing surface contrasts. There's plenty of fun here.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Franklin on December 19, 1998
Format: Audio CD
I first heard the Eroica Trio in concert last summer, and was impressed with how effectively they put themselves into their music, and how well they conveyed their feelings to the audience. I loved their first CD, and anxiously awaited the release of their second. The new CD, featuring Dvorak and Shostakovich piano trios, with a touch of Rachmaninov, is well worth the wait. This is a superb performance, combining both brilliant technique and expressive ability. It may be the best recording ever of the Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2. If it is possible to wear out a track on a CD, I'll wear out the Rachmaninov Vocalise: a beautiful piece, played with tremendous emotion. The entire CD is outstanding. When you have heard it, you'll want to buy CDs for all of your friends. Save time and shipping costs - buy several now!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sugi Sorensen on July 25, 1999
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The Eroica's performance of the Shostakovich Piano Trio is nothing short of brilliant. Sant' Ambrogio is particularly scorching on the cello, but together they imbue a synergy which transcends the individual contributions. They convey the full range of emotions of the Second Piano trio, from the morose, somber opening movement to the electrifying finale of the Allegretto. I heard them play it live and it was emotionally draining. The Vocalise is also good, but otherwise for me loses something in the transcription to trio (...of course I could be biased being a pianist.)
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 14, 1999
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Very engaging recording by an up and coming chamber group. Excellent sound quality combined with sensitive performance make this a great CD to add to your collection.
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Ku on September 26, 2000
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I first heard the Eroica Trio performing with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, playing Beethoven Triple Concerto. They were incredible. But when I hear them again in San Antonio, performing pieces of Mendelssohn and the arrangement of the Bach Violin Sonata (Chaconne), my jaw dropped to the floor. The amount of energy and passion they have is enormous. They ended the concert with an encore of Vocalise (which is on this CD) -- the whole audience was so quiet that a pin drop can be heard (Texas audience is NEVER this quiet!) :) Simply amazing. I'm definitely a fan now.
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