Trio con Brio Copenhagen

05 Nov 2021

Trio con Brio Copenhagen Announces Shostakovich & Arensky piano trios, to be released November 19

Following the phenomenal success of their recent Beethoven cycle, Trio con Brio Copenhagen returns to Orchid Classics with a triptych of Russian piano trios: two works by Shostakovich framing music by Arensky. The new album, Shostakovich & Arensky Piano Trios, will be released November 19, 2021.

About the album:

The two Russian composers featured on this album lived through turning points in their country’s history. Arensky died in 1906, the same year Shostakovich was born, and their output charts the trajectory of Russian and Soviet political and artistic history during those years. Arensky’s ardent Piano Trio No. 1 was written in 1894, when Russian Romanticism was at its peak. Inspired by young love, the 17-year-old Shostakovich wrote his Piano Trio No. 1 Poème in 1923 in Petrograd (St. Petersburg), finding expression for strong personal emotions via a musical language influenced by film scores. Just over 20 years later, in 1944, Shostakovich wrote his Piano Trio No.2. By making use of Jewish music for the first time, he gave the greatest tragedies of the age a voice, while at the same time creating a music that displays an irrepressible spark of life.

Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No.2 “has been one of the key works in our repertoire since the very beginning of our trio career,” the ensemble explains, noting that the wait to record it was an intentional artistic choice. “We have been waiting many years until we felt ready to make a recording that we feel respects the depths and many layers that this music has.

“For us the piano trio is somehow similar to a confession, a bitter description of a society and war without too much hope.” But through this music that conveys the depths of human emotions during times of great historical turmoil, Trio con Brio Copenhagen hopes to evoke something that can also inspire and uplift listeners today. “I think listening to these compositions hopefully can make us reflect and appreciate what we have.”

(Photo Nikolaj Lund)

27 Oct 2020

DR broadcasts 4 programs with Trio con Brio Copenhagen this month

DR broadcasts 2 live concerts, a podcast “Two plus one is trio” and a tv-portrait program with the same title on DR P2 and DR2.

Listen & watch via links below:

  • Beethoven 1:2 featuring op. 1/3 & 70/1 “Ghost” from a live concert in DR Koncerthuset on P2
  • Beethoven 2:2 featuring op. 121a “Kakadu-Variations” & 97 “Archduke” from a live concert in Koncerthuset on P2
  • Podcast “Two plus one is trio” on P2
  • TV-portrait “Two plus one is trio” on Beethoven and our story of becoming a trio in company with Beethoven on DR2


(Photo Nikolaj Lund)

07 Sep 2020

Trio con Brio Copenhagen receives an excellent review in Süddeutsche Zeitung

… What sounds already tremendously inspired, exciting and transparent on three CDs has an even greater thrill live at the limit of playability… Rarely do you hear such a furor in the outer movements without ever bringing the poise of the instruments out of balance. In the fantastically beautifully played Andante espressivo it was there again, the moment that penetrates deep into the soul… the moment of deepest, almost painful emotion.


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(Photo Dejan Bulut)

24 Jun 2020

Trio con Brio Copenhagen receives another fine review on their recordings of the complete Beethoven piano trios – this time in the Spanish Music Magazine: Scherzo
… Here the combination of a Danish pianist and two Korean sisters fascinates again, in the Largo assai ed espressivo of op. 70/1, between whispered conversations and terrifying textures. Three different visions all in one timbre precision. Beethoven, One and Triune.


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(Photo John Green)

17 Jun 2020

Festival news for Chamber Music at Lundsgaard!

Trio con Brio Copenhagen presents a dream team of Danish top musicians for a special edition of trio’s yearly chamber music festival at Lundsgaard Estate in Kerteminde. The featured artists include Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, The Danish String Quartet, Gustav Piekut, Jonas Frølund, Michael Germer, Jonathan Swensen, Nicholas Swensen and actor Danica Curcic. The festival takes place on July 30-August 2.

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(Photo Nikolaj Lund)

15 May 2020

The trio plays its first concert since Corona-lockdown in DR Koncerthuset without audience, but live on radio and receives a great review in Politiken.

“… A super-trio took their finest concert attire on in radio to remind us about what it is we miss. It was thought-provoking and touching to hear Trio con Brio playing music from the time of the Spanish flu at the Thursday concert at P2. There is something touching about the situation: Three musicians giving a concert in a huge, empty concert hall (due to the Covid-19 pandemic). Because they just so much want to play…”

Read the review:

Listen to the live concert transmission:

(Photo Nissen Mads)