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Beethoven: Complete Works for Piano Trio, Vol. 1 - Trios Nos. 1 & 7 / Swiss Piano Trio

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in E flat major, Op. 1 no 1
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Trio for Piano and Strings no 7 in B flat major, Op. 97 "Archduke"
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Notes & Reviews:

This recording launches the five-part audite series of the complete works for piano trio by Beethoven , including the Trios WoO 38, written in Bonn, as well as the Triple Concerto, Op. 56. Beethoven's trios make up a significant portion of his instrumental music, not least due to the fact that the three so-called "Lichnowsky" Trios of 1795 were his opus 1, representing the official beginning of his oeuvre. With them, Beethoven asserted a comprehensive and unmistakable artistic aspiration, aiming at a consolidation of symphonic and concertante elements and a compression of the form by planned thematic, rhythmic and harmonic organization. The juxtaposition of the first Trio op. 1/1, in E flat major, and the last Trio, the "Archduke", Op. 97, premiered in 1814, on the one hand reveals the enormous degree in subjectivisation and creative might which Beethoven had gained during the course of the intervening two decades, and on the other hand brings to mind the numerous significant parallels showing the extent to which Beethoven detached the piano trio from its original function as courtly or bourgeois entertainment, awarding it the highest measure of artistic autonomy.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
This would be a wonderful choice for anyone wanting this coupling, and I would anticipate the companion trios would be just as good when they appear. The sound is clear, vivid, and nicely balanced. I was often drawn to the great playing of pianist Martin Lucas Staub, particularly in the earlier trio, where the piano gets slightly more than a fair share of the glory. His playing is alert and assertive, but never heavy, and in the outer movements of the first trio the piano is wondrously clear and articulate. This trio, then, was the more impressive. Great job all around.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Kunsthalle Ziegelhütte, Appenzell, Switzerland (03/09/2014); Kunsthalle Ziegelhütte, Appenzell, Switzerland (04/13/2014-04/15/2014).



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in E flat major, Op. 1 no 1
  • Ensemble: Swiss Piano Trio
  • Notes: Kunsthalle Ziegelhütte, Appenzell, Switzerland (03/09/2014-03/10/2014); Kunsthalle Ziegelhütte, Appenzell, Switzerland (04/13/2014-04/15/2014)
  • Running Time: 29 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1794-1795

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Trio for Piano and Strings no 7 in B flat major, Op. 97 "Archduke"
  • Ensemble: Swiss Piano Trio
  • Notes: Kunsthalle Ziegelhütte, Appenzell, Switzerland (03/09/2014-03/10/2014); Kunsthalle Ziegelhütte, Appenzell, Switzerland (04/13/2014-04/15/2014)
  • Running Time: 44 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1810-1811