Sat 2 Feb 2019, Stamford Ballroom music
We are delighted to welcome the Smetana Trio back to Stamford. The Trio was founded in 1934 by the legendary Czech pianist Josef Pálenícek, violinist Alexandr Plocek and cellist František Smetana.
Rachmaninov Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G minor
Martinů Bergerettes, H. 275
Dvořák Piano Trio in F minor, Op. 65
Jitka Cechová Piano Jiří Vodička Violin Jan Pálenícek Cello
We are delighted to welcome the Smetana Trio back to Stamford. The Trio was founded in 1934 by the legendary Czech pianist Josef Pálenícek, violinist Alexandr Plocek and cellist František Smetana. Despite changes in personnel, it remains the foremost Czech chamber ensemble.
As BBC Music Magazine wrote recently, “There is nothing routine about the Smetana Trio’s approach to this engaging repertoire. Every aspect of their interpretation is carefully considered without losing an ounce of spontaneity. Individual lines are remarkable for their focus and beauty, though the powerful sense of ensemble is never sacrificed to individual display.” In Spring 2017, the Smetana Trio won the BBC Music Magazine Chamber Award for the second time, this time for its recording of the complete trios by Bohuslav Martinů, released on Supraphon. (The first award was for their recording of Dvořák piano trios ten years earlier).
The recording of Martinů trios received other recognition, including BBC Music Magazine’s Recording of the Month, Sunday Times Recording of the Week, a Diapason d'Or award, and an Arts Desk review saying, “This is the greatest chamber disc I’ve heard in ages, and I can’t imagine a better introduction to Martinů's music.”