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Beethoven: String Trio Op. 3; Serenade, Op. 8 / Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin; Antoine Tamestit, cello; Christian Poltera, viola

Audio Samples

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Trio for violin, viola & cello in E flat major, Op. 3
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Serenade for violin, viola & cello in D major, Op. 8

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Trio for violin, viola & cello in E flat major, Op. 3
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Serenade for violin, viola & cello in D major, Op. 8
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

It has been claimed that Beethoven's three String Trios, op. 9, and Mozart's Divertimento, form the pinnacle of their genre, destined to be almost supplanted by the string quartet. These two works, Beethoven's first trio attempts, are, however, exceptionally fertile examples of the suite form and are far from 'old-fashioned'. This music needs a first-class chamber ensemble to be fully realized; the Trio Zimmermann is that ensemble.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Both of these trios were composed before Beethoven's more significant Op. 9 set of string trios and well before his first set of quartets. According to the notes, assessments of this program's works range from dismissive to awestruck. My response is somewhere in between. Zimmerman's is appropriately romantic and fine in all other respects.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2014
Trio Zimmermann are big on heart and technique but low on ego, which makes for superbly natural-sounding performances. Something as simple as the Andante of the Op 3 Trio becomes a great conversation piece in their hands...Add to that BIS's exemplary recording and you have a winner of a disc.

BBC Music Magazine, September 2014
The nervous energy and lightning-quick changes of mood of the opening movement in the Op. 3 Trio are brilliantly conveyed...these are supremely polished accounts, and they make an altogether worthy companion disc to the same artists' award-winning recording of the Op. 9 series.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Musikaliska (the former Academy of Music). Stockholm, S (06/2013/07/2013).



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Trio for violin, viola & cello in E flat major, Op. 3
  • Ensemble: Trio Zimmermann
  • Running Time: 40 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1794

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Serenade for violin, viola & cello in D major, Op. 8
  • Ensemble: Trio Zimmermann
  • Notes: Composition written: 1796-97.
  • Running Time: 26 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796-1797