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Great reviews for Berezovsky, Makhtin and Kniazev's Rachmaninov and Shostakovich CD

Great reviews for Berezovsky, Makhtin and Kniazev's Rachmaninov and Shostakovich CD

The Observer, 30th January, 2005 Rachmaninov/Shostakovich Piano Trios Trio Berezovsky/ Mahktin/ Kniazev (Warner Classics 2564 61937-2) It may have come up with a lumpy name for a trio, but the democratic approach to music-making of pianist Boris Berezovsky, violinist Dmitri Makhtin and cellist Alexander Kniazev otherwise pays dividends in this fine recording of two of the most elegant works in the repertoire. Rachmaninov's Trio élégiaque in D minor was written as an elegy for Tchaikovsky, whom he had seen only a few days before his unexpected death; Shostakovich composed his second piano trio in memory of his musicologist friend Ivan Sollertinsky. The first is the more personal piece, the second shot through with public rage; each is deeply affecting in these outstanding performances. Anthony Holden The Sunday Times, 30th January, 2005 RACHMANINOV/SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Trios Dmitri Makhtin (violin), Boris Berezovsky (piano), Alexander Kniazev (cello) (Warner Classics 2564 61937-2) These trios make an ideal pairing. Both were written as “in memoriam” tributes for deceased colleagues and friends: Rachmaninov began his Trio élégiaque in D minor, Op 9, on the day Tchaikovsky died, while the immediate impulse for Shostakovich’s Trio in E minor, Op 67, was the death of the musicologist Ivan Sollertinsky, aged 41. Rachmaninov poured out his grief with the romantic fervour of youth, and these young players take an expansive view of the music, sustaining the slow tempi with passionate intensity. Their mordant irony in the Shostakovich trio — as much a cry of rage against the invading Nazi hordes and the persecution of the European Jews as a personal lament — is fiercely compelling. Hugh Canning