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Beethoven: Piano Trios Op 1 no 1 & 2, WoO 38 /Florestan 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 in G major, Op. 1/2
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Trio for Piano and Strings in E flat major, WoO 38
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Notes & Reviews:

"With several memorable versions in the catalogue, it would be impossible to nominate an outright winner. But I suspect the Florestan's zestful, spontaneous performances, truthfully recorded, will now be first off my shelves. And the disc's attraction is enhanced by the includion of the little E flat Trio from Beethoven's Bonn years - a charmingly decorous piece with occasional hints of greater things to come." ***** - Richard Wigmore, BBC Music Magazine

'Everything about this release is distinguished: superb engineering that puts the performers squarely in the room; virtuosic execution, with precision prevailing, even in the most rapidly executed runs; careful attention to balances, detail, and dynamics; and, perhaps most important, tempos that invariably hit the right emotional and aesthetic bull's eye' (Fanfare, USA)

'This is the third volume of the Florestans' four-CD set of the complete piano trios; like its predecessors, it's a winner ... The first two trios, recorded here, are among the young composer's most engaging, entertaining and genial works, and they get performances of characteristic swagger, brio and wit from this elite ensemble, perhaps the finest contemporary exponents of this repertoire performing on modern instruments today. Sample the irresistible elan of the allegro first movements and dazzling presto finales, and be won over' (The Sunday Times)

'The Florestan Trio seems determined to extract every last ounce of energy, wit and spirit from these early works ... The principal vehicle for conveying the music's brightness is Susan Tomes's finger-work, wonderfully precise and rhythmical' (Gramophone)

'Susan Tomes's dancing, crystalline passagework is a constant delight; instrumental repartee is delectably crisp and pointed; and the players are acutely alive to the sudden moments of stillness and harmonic darkening' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The Florestan Trio's performance is vivid and dynamic' (Classic FM Magazine)

'The Florestan Trio's collection of Beethoven trios is rounding itself out to be an outstanding cycle of an extraordinary standard. Now we have the opus 1 trios... The feeling of freshness and newness in the Florestan's playing is highly virtuosic, yet witty and sensitive. Seldom is the vexing question of the balance between piano and string instruments so convincingly solved as here. The perceptiveness of the three musicians is enhanced by the fine recording technique.' (Klassik Heute} 'This ensemble are probably the finest current interpreters of this repertoire on modern instruments, and their superb playing supplies some extra vigour and wit... With Hyperion's very good sound, this this has got to be a winner and has therefore got to receive a firm recommendation' (Hi-Fi+)

'Hearing what these players can do with Beethoven in his early stages sharpens the appetite for the other courses in the Beethoven trio cycle' (San Francisco Chronicle)

'The listener's attention is constantly sharpened by the lucidity of this performance ... A performance equal to the music itself' (Nineteenth-century Music Review)



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in E flat major, Op. 1 no 1
  • Ensemble: Florestan Trio (England)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (12/21/2002-12/23/2002)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1794-1795

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Trio for Piano and Strings in G major, Op. 1/2
  • Ensemble: Florestan Trio (England)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (12/21/2002-12/23/2002)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1794-1795

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Trio for Piano and Strings in E flat major, WoO 38
  • Ensemble: Florestan Trio (England)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (12/21/2002-12/23/2002)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1791