Kissine/Tchaikovsky Piano Trios
Label: Ecm New Series
The concept was to show the bookends of Russian chamber music through a bold juxtaposition: Victor Kissine's 2009 piano trio, Zerkalo ("the mirror," here in its recorded premiere), and Tchaikovsky's tragic 1881 piano trio in A minor. The performing trio, assembled by veteran violinist Gidon Kremer, reads both works with coherent, communicative playing. Pianist Khatia Buniatishvili and cellist Giedre Dirvanauskaite, both highly celebrated young soloists, follow Kremer like a shadow, through the fragile 20-minute Kissine and the technically powerful reading of Tchaikovsky.