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Shostakovich's first trio, Op. 8, composed while he was still a student at the Conservatory, is striking for the quality and force of its content. His second trio, op. 67, expresses the despair and horror of the camps, between tears and sarcasm.
Aaron Copland's "Vitebsk" Trio is inspired by the work of Shostakovich. Based on a Jewish theme, its surprisingly tight canonical writing and use of microtonality make it a strangely moving work.
"Vitebsk trio" (1929) (12')
Trio No. 1 opus 8 (1923) (14')
Trio No. 2 (1944) opus 67 (32')