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Dmitri Shostakovich Dmitri Shostakovich

Cello Sonata in d, Op. 40
The fear of silence is nothing new. Silence surrounds the dark world of death. Sometimes the silence of the vast universe hovers over us, enveloping us. There is the intense silence of birth, the quiet silence of one's return to the earth. Hasn't art been the human creature's rebellion against silence? Poetry and music were born when man first uttered a sound, resisting the silence. . . .Confronting silence by uttering a sound is nothing but verifying one's own existence. Toru Takemitsu

Shostakovich, Piano Trio No. 2 in e minor, Op. 67

January 31st, 2011

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

Piano Trio No. 2 in e minor, Op. 67, 1944

Despite his prodigious cycle of 15 string quartets, Shostakovich wrote sparingly for other chamber music ensembles: a cello sonata, violin sonata, piano quintet and two piano trios. His first piano trio was a single movement composition from 1923 written when Shostakovich was only 17. A student work, it is far out shadowed by the mature second piano trio, a substantial four-movement work offering the full range of Shostakovich’s artistry and emotional intensity particularly as expressed so intimately in his “private” chamber music. In a kind of tradition following Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, Shostakovich created an elegiac trio in memory of his close friend Ivan Sollertinsky, a brilliant musicologist and critic who died suddenly of a heart attack while still a relatively young man. Written in the summer of 1944 in the midst of WWII, the trio, like many of Shostakovich’s works, seems to comment more broadly on the tenor of the times suggesting an elegy for the tragic victims of war in general. « more »

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