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Name: Jeff Huntington
Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2002 at 14:59:46
Text: The Op.67 trio was the "in" piece of 2001-2002. Personally, I heard six live professional performances in the space of 13 months. This is good news inasmuch as it's the kind of music which can change your life and it seems to herald a greater appreciation of Shostakovich generally. The downside is that, if you're a performer, you're unlikely to come up with anything new which the audience hasn't heard before. The Jung Trio performance is unlikely to be surpassed for violence (two broken strings). Also, it would be a shame if the trio were so badly overexposed that it wore out its welcome and dropped out of the repertoire. (It would, of course, come back eventually, like Schumann's ensemble chamber music, but the dead time can last for years.)
Name: john burke
Date: Friday, August 20, 1999 at 13:12:07
Text: One of the great 20th century chamber pieces. Beyond question, a Holocaust memorial; the 3rd movement is a song of grief, the 4th a grotesque dance of death. Performers and students should learn the historical context and study Prof. Joachim Braun's work on how Shostakovich used Jewish themes, in this work and elsewhere.
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