Composed in 1914, Ravel’s deftly constructed Piano Trio was dedicated to his counterpoint teacher, André Gédalge. The metrically fluid Modéré’s opening theme is a Basque one he salvaged from an abandoned work for piano and orchestra. Next comes the puckish ‘Pantoum’: an ABA form, but also drawing on the Malay verse form in which each quatrain’s second and fourth lines become the first and third of the next. A profound Passacaille follows, its bass line derived from the Pantoum’s first theme. A triumphant Finale concludes. Arensky’s 1884 Piano Trio No 1 was in memory of the cellist Karl Davidoff, and features the cello prominently. An expressive Allegro moderato leads to a sparkling Scherzo waltz, then an elegiac Adagio. The Finale opens and closes with a bang, with reminders of the work’s opening theme and the Adagio between.