Gál: Piano Trio, Variations & Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2 (CD)

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Briggs Piano Trio

AVIE continues its acclaimed series of recordings of the music of Hans Gal with the newly formed Briggs Piano Trio performing Gal's lyrical Piano Trio in E and his witty Variations on a Popular Viennese Tune, alongside Shostakovich's harrowing Piano Trio in E minor.

This latest AVIE release brings together two of today's most eminent Gal interpreters, Sarah Beth Briggs and Kenneth Woods with violin virtuoso David Juritz, for a recording of Gal's breathtakingly lyrical Piano Trio in E major, Op.18 and his witty Variations on a Popular Viennese Tune, Op.9. Gal's music and destiny was shaped by war and political upheaval, as was that of Dmitri Shostakovich, whose Piano Trio in E minor, Op.67, one of the monuments of 20th century chamber music, is a harrowing souvenir of the times in which it was written.

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BBC Music Magazine

5 Stars

"If you think of Korngold, you’ll be in the right area: lush harmonies, soaring melodies and an expert compositional technique. The Briggs Trio responds to the style with enormous affection, following the mood changes from passionate to witty with eagle ears, and it sounds as if they have been living with the music for a long time. For capturing their wide tonal and dynamic palette in the recording, the producer and engineer, Simon Fox-Gál – the composer’s grandson – deserves a special mention."

Gramophone Magazine

"The playing throughout [the Gál] is simply exquisite: yes, it is a beautifully written gift for the three performers; but Briggs, David Juritz and Kenneth Woods make the most of it…The coupling of Shostakovich’s Second Trio provides the greatest possible contrast…Recommended with all possible enthusiasm."

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Gál, H: Piano Trio in E Major, Op. 18

Gál, H: Variationen über eine Wiener Heurigenmelodie, Op. 9

Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67