It took him less than three months to complete, and this including an extended break from his endeavours. It will be both happy and sad. In some places it will be like a melancholic song, elsewhere like a merry dance; but, all told, the style will be lighter or, if I might put it another way, more popular, in short, so that it will appeal to both higher and lower echelons. Dvorak himself sat at the piano for the premiere.
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The ensemble enjoyed a good reputation, especially in Britain. The above recording was made in On top of that, the piano often lacks precision, and the vibrato in the violin is often too strong and heavy, sometimes even affecting the intonation, and for my taste there are sometimes too many portamenti.
The violin tone is sometimes also rather rough, sometimes even harsh. Without exception, they prefer faster tempi than the Beaux Arts Trio in this composition. Some remarks on individual movements: I. Consequently, this loses most of the maestoso character is it even Lento? The transitions to the Allegro parts lacks tension. And when they want to add expression, the strings especially the violin add an excess of vibrato and portamento, sometimes even affecting the purity of the intonation.
The chance to build tension in the transition to the first Allegretto scherzando is entirely skipped: too bad! It may indeed be Tempo I, but if so, the preceding bars are too slow. In the last 20 bars, the pedaling instructions in the piano are clearly ignored. Why are these chords played arpeggiando? This alters the character of the piece! Also, the intonation in the high solo passages in the violin is fairly marginal.
Maybe the tempo is slightly too fast: the articulation starts to suffer, in that punctuations are sometimes softened, and some of the semiquaver passages tend to be superficial. The staccato sequence is rough here, too. I fail to understand why these artists do a distinct, clear meno mosso instead! This is written for the specific sound quality of higher positions on the lowest string. Share this
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