, September 2016
The arrangement [of Janáček’s work], logically enough, brings the two middle voices of the string quartet into the piano part, leading one’s ear toward the first violin and cello. What sensuousness of sound the quartet version possesses is exchanged here for a sharper delineation of line. The music is overwrought to begin with, but in the trio’s pared down texture, at least in this performance, there are even fewer moments of repose. The Petrof Trio tears into the opening, and indeed much of the piece, with great vehemence that’s appropriate to the turbulent emotional world of the music and its literary source.
…the Petrof Trio shows its flexibility and comfort with the Romantic idiom in a beautifully paced reading [of Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances].
The piece [“Boj s Pádem,” by Ondřej Kukal], pared down in its melodic material, reminds me of a great deal of music being created in the current century in its determination to be accessible. With dollops of syncopation, and some of the brute strength of Piazzolla’s tangos, it still manages to sound Czech. The performance has all the dynamism and virtuosity required. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review