ARTUR MALAWSKI (1904-1957): Piano Trio in C Sharp Minor, KRZYSZTOF MEYER (b.1943): Piano Trio, Op. 50.
Catalogue Number: 03K068
Label: Challenge Classics
Description: Malawski's trio is a somber, serious work, meticulously constructed along conventional four-movement lines with a sure sense of narrative and dramatic contour. Harmonically the idiom is very much that of Shostakovich and Prokofiev, from the pained opening through the anguished climax of the first movement to the embittered and sarcastic scherzo and the agitated rondo-finale. The muted slow movement occupies territory somewhere between Shostakovich and Malawski's illustrious predecessor Szymanowski. Meyer's five-movement trio is cast in a somewhat more modern idiom, less explicitly tonal but with constant tonal centers, not so very far from the last chamber works of Shostakovich, on whom Meyer is a noted authority (this is especially apparent in the brooding slow movement with its distant chiming funerary bells). This slow movement and the concluding passacaglia-funeral march form the emotional fulcrum and summation of this powerful work, a particularly noteworthy addition to the already fortunate trio repertoire of the 20th century. Altenberg Trio Wien.