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Vienna Piano Trio plays Beethoven, Schumann, Ravel

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Trio for Piano, Clarinet/Violin and Cello no 4 in B flat major, Op. 11
>Ravel, Maurice : Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in A minor
>Schumann, Robert : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 63
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

On its new CD program the Vienna Piano Trio covers 150 years of music history, again presenting itself and the great masters Beethoven, Schumann, and Ravel in top form. MDG now for the first time has captured the musicians in a live performance before the public, without the production frills of the recording studio - and the result is stupendous. Those who were in attendance in the concert hall at the Marienmünster Abbey on 29 August 2010 witnessed an extraordinary musical event!

All Music Guide - James Manheim
The Wiener Klaviertrio ventures a bit outside its mid-European home repertoire on this release with the Trio of Maurice Ravel, but that is perhaps the choicest morsel on this fabulous release. Throughout, the trio gives fresh readings of mainstream piano trios that are magically supported by the engineering team of Germany's MDG label, working live in the former farmhouse of a monastery abbey it favors for chamber music. This label specializes in matching repertoire to performers and acoustically appropriate settings, and everything comes together here.

The beginning of the Ravel, with just the piano at the opening, seems to filter into the listener's consciousness like Proust's memories of time past, and the entire performance is deeply hypnotic. The Beethoven Piano Trio in B flat major, Op. 11, and Schumann's Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 63, also exploit the acoustic surroundings, with wide dynamic ranges and subtle attention to articulation and shifts in texture. The Schumann is one of those works that has been upwardly reevaluated from diffuse to experimentally spontaneous, and the Vienna players capture the sense of surprise. Sample the "Mit Energie und Leidenschaft" movement (track 9), where Schumann begins with thematic material seemingly similar to the Piano Quintet in E flat, Op. 44, but takes it in entirely new directions; the unusual rhapsodic passage a little more than two minutes in also works beautifully in this sonic environment. A sublime experience for lovers of chamber music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Ehemaliges Ackerhaus der Abtei Marienmünster (08/29/2010).



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Trio for Piano, Clarinet/Violin and Cello no 4 in B flat major, Op. 11
  • Ensemble: Vienna Piano Trio
  • Running Time: 18 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1798
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Ravel, Maurice : Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in A minor
  • Ensemble: Vienna Piano Trio
  • Running Time: 26 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1914
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schumann, Robert : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 63
  • Ensemble: Vienna Piano Trio
  • Running Time: 29 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847
  • Studio/Live: Live