I'm doing a competition in June. For the final round, I have the choice of these Russian piano trios, none of which I have ever played:
Arensky – Trio #1 in d minor, Op. 32
Glinka – Trio “Pathetique” in d minor
Rachmaninoff – Trio ”The Elegiaque” #2 in d minor, Op. 9
Tchaikovsky – Trio in a minor, Op.50
Shostakovich – Trio #2 in e minor, Op.67
Rubinstein - Trio Op. 15, No. 1 [in F major]
I've spent all day listening to them all, and the cumulative effect is making me a little depressed, but what wonderful music.
I don't expect Piano World to decide for me, of course - only I can do that - but for the ones you know, what do you think of them?
I do have some first impressions: the Shostakovich is spikey, engaging but seems quite easy, as long as you're confident in your counting ability. Tchaikovsky is lush, inspired, but extremely long and difficult (not that there's anything wrong with that). The Rachmaninoff is half the length of the Tchaikovsky, free in style, also extremely difficult. The Arensky was the big surprise for me - a completely delightful piece from a relative unknown. I can't find a complete recording of the Rubinstein, so I'm not really able to evaluate it, but I have to consider it a strong possibility, because of the passages I was able to find here.
I am, however, willing to dismiss the Glinka, because it's someone else's transcription of his trio for piano, clarinet and bassoon and the purist in me rejects that.