Electrifying Piano Trio Performances
Rachmaninoff is the debut album by The Hermitage Piano Trio on Reference Recordings. The Hermitage Piano Trio is distinguished by its exuberant musicality, interpretative range, and sumptuous sound—attributes that Reference Recordings expects to be highly appealing to music lovers and audiophiles worldwide.
The album received 2020 Grammy Nominations for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance, Best Engineered Album, Classical, and Producer of the Year, Classical.
Recording Sessions for the album were held at famed Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA. The album was produced by the multi-Grammy® nominated team, Marina and Victor Ledin. It was recorded by RR’s engineering team, comprised of Grammy®-winning engineer and Technical Director Keith O. Johnson, and multi-GRAMMY® nominated engineer Sean Royce Martin.
Hermitage Piano Trio
Misha Keylin – Violin
Sergey Antonov – Cello
Ilya Kazantsev – Piano
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Total time: 01:11:43
Marcia Gordon Martin
Keith O. Johnson
|Original Recording Format
Victor and Marina A. Ledin
Sean Royce Martin
Keith O. Johnson
Recorded on September 3 7, 2017 at Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts
|May 26, 2023
I was pleased to discover that we have here three dyed-in-the-wool musicians having earned their laurels at prestigious podia. Not just because that is what it says in the liner notes, but, more importantly, what I had the pleasure to savour right from my first listening session.
Trios have little room for mistakes. It’s only after gaining extended experience and having an almost sixth sense for what the other does or is about to do that playing together gets that fundamental input on which excellence can be built in a framework of mutual recognition. In this debut album, the Hermitage Piano Trio give ample proof that all accolades having come their way are true, painting with a perceptive but nonetheless firm brush a musical picture covering all shades from dark sienna to light blush. In both plaintive élégiaque trios, they play with such great and admirably sensitive passion, respecting not only the long melodic lines but also the sombre mood (especially in the second trio), as though the post-adolescent nostalgia of the Russian master had taken over their brains and veins. This is an account that pays tribute to him and creates delight for the listener.
Transliteration of Russian names remains a subject of prime interest for many scholars in different countries and from different language backgrounds. One can think of many ways to transliterate Рахма́нинов. Rachmaninoff is one of them and it’s probably more correct than Rachmaninov, especially if the man says so himself! But the French and the Germans have – as the (pronunciation) case may be – their own rules. For the listener, however, this does not change an iota. Music is a universal language and the Hermitage Piano Trio speak it wonderfully well.
And wasn’t it high time to have both trios on one disc with detailed, historically informed liner notes and, as the proverbial cherry on the cake, a fine Vocalise arrangement as a bonus? What more can one possibly ask for?
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