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Felix Mendelssohn Felix Mendelssohn
1809-1847

Cello Sonata No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 45
1838
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I did my composing without any "ism" in mind.Arnold Schoenberg

Smetana, Piano Trio in g minor, Op. 15

October 27th, 2011

Bedřich Smetana, 1824-1884

Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 15, 1855

Bedřich SmetanaBedřich Smetana emerges as the first truly nationalistic Czech composer. A generation older than Dvořák, Smetana participated in revolutionary protests against the Austro-Hungarian Hapsburgs, emigrated to Sweden for a time, and ultimately returned to Prague a prodigal son, celebrated for his numerous operas, orchestral and piano pieces reflecting Czech culture and identity. His personal life was very difficult. Smetana buried his first wife as well as three of his four daughters who died during infancy. In his mid-fifties, Smetana developed tinnitus, eventually became deaf and ultimately succumbed to madness most likely from syphilis. But to the chamber world in particular, he bequeathed two amazing works: a late string quartet and an earlier piano trio, both passionate epics of romantic expression deeply reflecting these personal tragedies. « more »


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