Russian music spoke in many voices last as the Borodin Trio played in Tawes Theater at the University of Maryland. One of the most powerful voices was political, as the three musicians played the trio that Dimitri Shostakovich wrote in 1944.
Like most of his music at that time, this is music of protest: protest against violence, forebodings of which fill its early pages. There is also the clear sound of protest against the detention of innocent people, especially Jews in concentration camps. When the trio was first played, its impact was so great that it was banned for many years.
The Borodin Trio is blessed with the strengths that come from years of intimate music-making. Their rapport is of the kind that anticipates each mood and moves among the players.But there is an audible leadership from pianist Luba Edlina that provides magnificent support for violinist Rostislav Dubinsky and cellist Tuli Turovsky and a basic sonority reminiscent of great trios of the past led by such pianists as Alfred Cortot and Arthur Rubinstein.
The Russian soul at its most poetic was heard in the melancholy of the almost completely ignored G Minor Trio of Rachmaninoff, as well as in the passions of the familiar trio by Tchaikovsky. The sounds of the three instruments were beautiful; their playing was informed with a very special inner lustre.