Trio Petrus

The Three Peters Piano Trio

"The whole of the Shostakovich Trio is a technical and emotional challenge, which the Three Peters Trio met unflinchingly."

Bristol Post



As lunchtime fare, this was pretty strong stuff. First came Beethoven's Ghost Trio, which gets lots of performances because it has a nickname, even though Beethoven wrote several others just as worthy. The nickname arises from the slow movement which has a haunted feel, with its dark cello part and ambiguous tonality.

Wonderful ensemble playing in the second work, Shostakovich's Piano Trio No.2 in E minor, an agonised, anguished work written in 1944, when a close friend of the composer's died – this is his lament, as well as one for Europe at war.

The whole work is troubling and disturbing, with its strange harmonies, and angry rhythms, and it was magnificently played, with a brooding unearthly starting pace which gets faster and more frantic.

The gaunt second movement has a bleak sadness and the other two feature the ironic use of Jewish dance themes which get faster and more desperately strident. The tune has a shocking resonance: this was the music of the death camps.

The whole work is a technical and emotional challenge, which the Trio Petrus met unflinchingly even when, thanks to the furiously percussive violin line, a string went, and Peter Fisher had to improvise his fingering.

The players proved conclusively that here is a 20th century masterpiece.

Bristol Post 2014





A chamber group of immense musical stature, Trio Petrus brings together three exceptional English chamber music players. Invited to return everywhere they play, the three Peters give world-class accounts of the Titans of the piano trio repertoire.


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Piano Trio Op.50 (2nd Mvt)