In the world of contemporary classical music, Tomas Svoboda is generally considered an "old-world" composer. Though his musical language is strikingly modernist, and to be sure, in the most sensible manner, he usually composes works in traditional concert hall settings. The piano trios display perfectly his brilliant virtuosity in one of the most traditional of chamber music settings. The performances are powerful, yet graceful - filled with subtlety, nuance and drama. They epitomize the modern Western Classical tradition.