Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A minor performed by Grammy Award-winning musicians Gil Shaham, Yefim Bronfman and Truls Mørk

August 26 brings a new release from Canary Classics, record label of virtuosic violinist Gil Shaham. Three Grammy® award winning musicians have come together for this recording of Tchaikovsky’s beloved Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50; Yefim Bronfman (piano), Gil Shaham (violin), and Truls Mørk (cello) which was written in 1881-2 in tribute to his friend and great pianist Nicolai Rubinstein. The Piano Trio, which is subtitled ‘In memory of a great friend’, begins with a seventeen-minute first movement in the middle of which we hear a wrenching cello theme that musically personifies Tchaikovsky’s grief at the loss of his friend Nicolai. The second movement consists of a theme and 12 variations. The last variation introduces a new highly-charged theme that undergoes many passionate transformations. The listener prepares to be carried to the end of the Trio by this turbulent finale, only for the piece to return to the reflective and mournful melody of the first movement. The Trio ends in the quiet desolation in which is began.