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Code: COVIELLO SACD 50502
|DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH (1905 – 1975): Piano Trios No. 1, Op. 8 & No. 2, Op. 67; PAUL JUON (1872 – 1940): Piano Trio, Op. 17 & “Trio Miniatures”
Probably the best known Russian composer of the twentieth century, Shostakovich only composed two piano trios, but he always judged them among his most important works, and posterity has judged them in the same way. Shostakovich was only 17 years old when he composed Piano Trio op. 8; it was one of his very first works and it was performed in 1925 at a public concert in Moscow. The second trio, written in 1944, is one of his emotionally most intensive compositions: the sudden death of his friend Ivan Sollertinsky had dealt him a devastating blow. While Shostakovich is a household name almost everywhere, most people would ask "who?" when confronted with the name Paul Juon - there are no similarities of either a biographical or stylistic nature between these two composers. Juon was the son of a Swiss family who immigrated to Moscow, where Paul grew up, and as a composer it is difficult to pigeonhole him. On this hybrid SACD, Trio Paian presents his piano trios in a charming and highly informative contrast to Shostakovich's two trios.