This new release presents two outstanding examples of the Piano Trio Arensky's Trio No 1 in D Minor, Op 32 and Shostakovich's Trio No 2 in E Minor, Op 67.
Both composers were active in Russia (Shostakovich mainly in the Soviet Union) but were separated by a difference of about two generations (Shostakovich was born in the year of Arensky's death). Both acted in important times and circumstances for their country, which can be called difficult, because they tried not to succumb to the ideological pressure: Arensky distanced himself from the new Russian nationalism of The Mighty Five, despite the fact that he greatly valued its musical achievements. Shostakovich, on the other hand, was subjected to pressure from the Stalinist regime, which was much more serious.
Both composers, however, tried to find their artistic path even in such unfavourable circumstances, fighting for the authenticity and truth of their output. Although a piano trio seems to be an ideologically "safe" genre, it is also in this music that they included their individual expression.
The piano trios are performed here by the Bellarti Trio (Agnieszka Panasiuk (piano), Anna Wandtke (violin), Pawel Panasiuk (cello)). The Bellarti Trio was formed in 2004 in London, whose members met during their studies at the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College of Music. They immediately realised that inspite of their different backgrounds they represented the same values in music making. Since then the trio has made regular performances and continuously broaden their repertoire.