Czech Chamber Music Society Smetana Trio

Czech Chamber Music Society ⬩ Smetana Trio

A leading Czech chamber ensemble, the Smetana Trio is a regular guest of the Czech Chamber Music Society. They will conclude this concert series with three major works for piano trio – by Ludwig van Beethoven, Dmitri Shostakovich and Antonín Dvořák.

Czech Chamber Music Society


Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano trio No. 3 in C minor Op. 1 (29')

Dmitri Shostakovich
Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor, Op. 8 (15')

— Intermission —

Antonín Dvořák
Piano Trio No. 3 in F minor, Op. 65 (38')


Smetana Trio
Jitka Čechová piano
Jan Talich violin
Jan Páleníček cello

The trio is one of the oldest forms of composition to be found in music, older than the classical string quartet. It was also often a piano trio with which young composers entered the public arena. This is true of all the composers represented in our program, and specifically of the trios by Beethoven and Shostakovich. As far as Dvořák is concerned, he composed and later destroyed at least two of his early trios from the early 1870s before he acknowledged Trio in B flat major for violin, cello and piano, Op. 20, from 1875 as his first. Dvořák’s Piano Trio No. 3 in F minor, Op. 65, to be heard tonight belongs to his late creative period.

Rudolfinum — Dvořák Hall

5/2/2022 Monday 7:30 PM

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