Spanning the years 1875 to 1891, Dvorak's cycle of piano trios offers a fascinating guide to his musical development, from the hugely promising newcomer to the garlanded elder statesman of Czech music. The Gould Piano Trio gather these four works into a richly rewarding whole, from the fresh, gloriously melodic B flat trio to the gravelly quirky E minor "Dumky", via the profound Beethovian F minor and the plaintive G minor. Lucy Gould (violin), Alice Neary (cello) and Ben Frith (piano) deserve high praise for the consistently high standard of their playing and their revelatory interpretations.
Stephen Pritchard has written on classical music for most of his 45 years in journalism. He was the Observer's first readers' editor, and prior to that was a managing editor and production editor