Brilliant review of the Beaux Arts Trio’s new recording in The Observer
4th December 2005
Piano Trios 1 & 2, Seven Romances on verses by Alexander Blok
Joan Rodgers (soprano), Beaux Arts Trio
Next year marks the centenary of Shostakovich’s birth as well as the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s. The deluge of recordings begins with this well-balanced programme pairing the early C minor trio, written in the composer’s teens, with the wartime E minor; where the first is short, youthful homage to Tchaikovsky and other Russian masters, the second is ass angry and despairing a protest as Picasso’s Guernica
. Perhaps the only soprano with a Russian degree, the superb Joan Rodgers is the perfect soloist for the seven Blok settings, which give the Beaux Arts the chance to show off both their individual and collective skills.