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ATOS Trio: the russian album
ATOS Trio: the russian album


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Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Trio No. 2 in E minor, op. 67 (1944)

Anton Arensky (1861–1906)
Piano trio No. 1 in D minor, op. 32 (1894)

Sergej Rachmaninov (1873–1943)
Piano trio No. 1 in G minor, op. posth.
Recorded at the Siemensvilla Berlin-Lankwitz, August 2012

A Co-Production with
Deutschlandradio Kultur

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"The repertoire for piano trio holds many surprises as well as treasures and great masterworks, and we get the chance to interprete these incredible pieces many times, again and again. In times of an ever-growing pace of life, of crossover arts and highspeed careers, the chance to repeatedly and steadily work together on these wonderful pieces has become a luxury and a necessity to us. We tremendously enjoy the freedom to form own ideas and concepts and to make our own decisions, as a piano trio – a freedom that is inate to the concept of chamber music." ATOS Trio

ATOS Trio:

Annette von Hehn, violin
Stefan Heinemeyer, cello
Thomas Hoppe, piano

Russian music.

"Our 'French Album' is being followed here by the 'Russian Album', which could barely be more contrasting in mood. The 'French Album' is springlike and bright, whereas the 'Russian Album' is sombre and melancholic for the most part. As a concert title for the 'Russian Album', we chose the name of Tolstoy‘s drama 'The Light Shines in the Darkness', as all three trios contain radiant moments full of hope alongside the gloom.

Arensky and Shostakovich both dedicated their trios to the memory of friends who had passed away. Rachmaninov called his first work in this genre 'Trio élégiaque' and closed it with a funeral march, even though there was no obvious reason for doing so. Shostakovich’s second trio is probably the best-known work on this CD. It was written in Leningrad
in 1944, and no listener is likely to be able to overhear the despair that prevailed at this time against the background of the Second World War.

Because of this feeling, we only play this work at the end of a concert. After all the grief, desperation, cruelty and lamenting, the very last bars in E major are pervaded by a glimmer of hope – the light that shines in the darkness."
Annette von Hehn
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"... The ATOS Trio’s power and confidence rival any reading of the Shostakovich I’ve ever encountered. ... However academic the Arensky or immature the Rachmaninoff, they sound like strong works when given the sort of performances heard here, where the superb abilities of each musician work toward a united but very personal reading. It’s become almost a cliché to say that a performance sounds as if the music is being written before our eyes, but the ATOS Trio gives that impression. The recorded sound is exemplary. ... Recommended without reservation."
Fanfare, Huntley Dent, 12 December 2014

Three voices – one sound: the kind of pitchperfect
unanimity of phrasing, tone, feeling and
interpretation that distinguishes the finest chamber ensembles."
Detroit Free Press