Martinu Piano Trios Nos 1-3; Bergerettes
Supraphon SU 4197-2
Reviewed June 2016
These are quite simply benchmark performances of these life-affirming works. The Smetana Trio proves hugely responsive to the Czech composer Martinů’s characteristic sprung rhythms, effervescent humour and contrasting moments of introspective lyricism. It’s an intoxicating mixture that leaves you puzzled as to why such incredible music has not yet established itself firmly in the repertory.
Audio clip: Allegro from Bergerettes