Martinů wrote no less than ten scores for trio with keyboard, including four in the classic formation of piano, violin and cello, spread out between 1930 and 1951. The Cinq pièces brèves resuscitate a polymelodicism worthy of a Renaissance instrumental madrigal, whereas the charming Bergerettes make up a modest pastorale of French and Czech origin in the spirit of the cantata Kytice. The Trio No. 2 pays homage to Fauré, whereas the last Trio No. 3 prefigures the expressive power of the Fantaisies symphoniques (Symphony No. 6), sketched out beginning in May 1951 in New York. The Kinsky Trio is the heir to the famed Czech chamber groups, from the Suk Trio, Vlach Quartet and ensembles still active, such as the Guarneri Trio Prague, Kocian, Pražák and Zemlinsky quartets… international representatives of the present-day Central European school.
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