Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904) - Dumky for Piano Trio, Op. 90 (B 166, 1891) 31:36
1. I. Lento maestoso
2. II. Poco adagio
3. III. Andante
4. IV. Andante moderato
5. V. Allegro
6. VI. Lento maestoso
7. Vítězslav Novák (1870-1949) - Trio quasi una ballata, Op. 27 16:54
Bohuslav Martinů - Piano Trio No.1 - Cinq pieces breves 10:51
8. Allegro moderato
11. Allegro moderato
12. Allegro con brio
Josef Páleníček piano, Ivan Štraus violin, Saša Večtomov cello
Stereo studio recordings 1970 (1-6), 1970 (7), 1962 (8-12)
The history of the Czech Trio, that long-standing classical link of violin, violoncello and piano versary, goes back to the 1890's, when such institutions like the Czech Association for Chamber Music and the Czech Quartet first appeared on the Czech musical scene. Pianist Vilém Kurz, who stood at the cradle of the Czech Trio, was changed by the outstanding artistic personality of Karel Hoffmeister and continued with the three star ensemble of Jan Heřman, Stanislav Novák and Ladislav Zelenka.
After the Second World War and for long years to follow, the ensemble featured the names that represent the Czech Trio's most famous period in the eyes of the experts and the wide public - Josef Páleníček, Alexander Plocek, Miloš Sádlo - later it was Ivan Štraus, Alexander Večtomov, Jiří Tomášek. This period was already widely documented on sound and film recordings, many of which won prestigious international prizes.