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Beethoven: Complete Music for Piano Trio 4 / Florestan Trio

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in C minor, Op. 1 no 3
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Trio for Piano and Strings no 10 in E flat major, Op. 44 "Variations on an Original Theme"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Trio for Piano, Clarinet/Violin and Cello no 4 in B flat major, Op. 11
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Notes & Reviews:

"The playing is quite gripping and masterly, and the sound is vivid and well balanced. These are arguably the most satisfying accounts in the catalogue, and certainly the best we have had in recent years." - Penguin Guide to Compact Disc

'With the Florestan Trio's fourth and last Hyperion CD of Beethoven's complete piano trios you enter the Elysian Fields almost straight away ... This Hyperion series has already been so rapturously received that the pleasures of this last disc come as no surprise. Even so, the performances' freshness can still amaze' (The Times)

'This completes the Florestan Trio's Beethoven series. I've been impressed throughout by their thoughtfulness, the way each passage is presented to maximum effect. There's an overall Florestan style too, - avoiding heaviness, keeping the textures light and airy, and giving every phrase an individual life and character' (The Gramophone)

'a most welcome completion of a superb cycle' (International Record Review)

'This final instalment of the Florestan Trio's complete Beethoven cycle is every bit as impressive as its predecessors ... No one who's been following this fine series need hesitate to acquire this very well recorded disc' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The Florestan Trio certainly does not miss the pungency in the writing, though the hallmark of its performance is the elegance of the playing. The careful weighting of each instrument brings a pleasing transparency, creating a more richly detailed account than many of the alternative recordings' (The Strad)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
This completes the Florestan Trio's Beethoven series. Their thoughtfulness throughout has been impressive; their overall style avoids heaviness, keeping the textures light and airy, and giving every phrase individual life and character. Occasionally the liveliness can seem relentless, but their bubbling vitality is a natural response to Beethoven's inventiveness. And their care for detail makes the early and not fully characteristic Variations in E flat (Op 44) into an absorbing, thoroughly entertaining piece.

It's interesting to compare Op 1 No 3 with the version by the Kempf Trio (BIS), which is finely played but less searching as an interpretation. The contrast is especially noticeable in the Andante, treated by Kempf and friends as a poetic, hymn-like slow movement, while the Florestans give us a true 18th-century Andante; much faster, and, in places, light and playful. Op 11 is often more enjoyable in the version with clarinet instead of violin. But this is another Florestan triumph. By modifying the usual robust, jolly character of the outer movements, and introducing more delicate tones, Anthony Marwood can interpret his part in violinistic terms, establishing a close rapport with the cello, yet, at the start of the finale, proving he can be as bright and perky as any clarinettist.



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in C minor, Op. 1 no 3
  • Ensemble: Florestan Trio (England)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (09/07/2003-09/09/2003)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1794-1795

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Trio for Piano and Strings no 10 in E flat major, Op. 44 "Variations on an Original Theme"
  • Ensemble: Florestan Trio (England)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (09/07/2003-09/09/2003)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1792

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Trio for Piano, Clarinet/Violin and Cello no 4 in B flat major, Op. 11
  • Ensemble: Florestan Trio (England)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (09/07/2003-09/09/2003)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1798