S0332. EMIL GILELS, LEONID KOGAN & MSTISLAV ROSTROPOVICH: Piano Trios by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Saint-Saëns, Tchaikowsky, Borodin & Shostakovich; w.Rudolf Barshai: Piano Quartet #1 in c (Fauré); w.Yakov Shapiro: Horn Trio in E-flat (Brahms); Emil Gilels, Dmitri Tziganov & Sergei Shirinsky: Piano Trio in D (Borodin). (Canada) 5-Doremi 7921/25, recorded 1950-59, partially Live Performances.
“It was a miracle that the BBC recorded Shostakovich’s Trio, as it is the finest version known to me, in a class of its own for intensity, profundity and rhythmic zest and bite. If they had done nothing else, these players would be immortal. Their huge personalities leap out at you, and yet all three are closely directed along the same path. The result is irresistible.”
- Tully Potter, CLASSIC RECORD COLLECTOR, Spring, 2008
"This five-disc treasure trove is a monumental assemblage of performances that no serious devotee of great chamber music should be without!….So legendary is the musicianship of these three artists that, for the readers of this publication, the only ‘review’ that really necessary is a notice that these recordings exist. Furthermore, the quality of Doremi’s restorations seem conscientious and skilled….the great e-minor trio by Shostakovich, taped at a concert in 1959, is so intense it almost shoots sparks from the speakers. Drawing no doubt on their own memories and associations, these three virtuosos make it sound dangerous."
- William Trotter, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Jan./Feb., 2008