Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904) was a prolific and versatile composer who made richly diverse contributions to practically every genre of classical music. As a violist and keyboard player, he had a particular affinity with chamber music composition. Some of his chamber outputs held significance at crucial milestones in his career, as this disc clearly corroborate. Piano trio.No.3 is dark and reflects Dvořáks personal grief due to the loss of three of his children in infancy, the death of his mother and self-doubt. Dvořák began to compose his Sonatina Op.100 in 1893 and completed it the same year, dedicating it ‘to my children’ after taking into consideration his 15 year old daughters piano playing abilities, and 10 year olds sons violin. It was ‘intended for young people … but grown-ups, too, may not be unwilling to amuse themselves with it.’ The legendary violinist, Fritz Kreisler’s version of the Slavic Dance in E minor remains fairly faithful to Dvorak’s original whereas his arrangement of Op.72 is much freer from its waltz like strains and skillful use of double stopping making much of it sound like a violin duet.
Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch was founded in 2009 and comprises three of the world's finest international instrumentalists. Since formation, the Trio has been invited numerous times to prestigious chamber music series at venues such as London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Rotterdam De Doellen, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie. The Trio oftens appears in Spain, the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Israel and Canada. It was invited by the Wigmore Hall to present the complete Beethoven Piano Trios in 2020, the composer’s 250th anniversary.
NI5952 Antonin Dvorak Piano Trio No.3
1-4. Piano Trio No. 3 Op. 65 37:53
5-8. Sonatina Op. 100 18:48
9-11. 3 Slavonic Dances arr. Fritz Kreisler
Op. 46 No. 2, Op. 72 & No. 8 12:13