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Beethoven: String Trios Op 3, Op 8 / Falvay, Fejérvári, Éder

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
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Notes & Reviews:

"This is the first volume of what seems to be a complete set of Beethoven string trios. Like his Opus 1 piano trios from 1795, his first string trio, published as Opus 3 in 1796, is a work equal in quality to his later works. The low opus number reminds us that Beethoven only published music that he felt was worthy of publication. Beethoven's model for this trio was most likely the Mozart Divertimento, K 563. Both pieces are in the key of E-flat major, and both have two minuet movements separated by a slow movement. The Serenade in D, Opus 8, is one of only two trios Beethoven called "Serenade", a term interchangeable with "Divertimento" in the 18th Century. In this piece, published in 1797, Beethoven seems to have happily stepped out from the shadow of Mozart's Divertimento by stringing together some dances (including a Polish one) with a few quickly-changing, short contrasting movements and tying everything together with a restatement of the opening movement. These musicians are three of the four members of the Kodaly Quartet, and their playing as a trio is just as satisfying as their playing in the quartet. I love this recording, and I'm looking forward to hearing their Opus 9." -ARG



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Trio for violin, viola & cello in E flat major, Op. 3
  • Performers: Gyorgy Eder (Cello); Attila Falvay (Violin); János Fehérvári (Viola)
  • Notes: Phoenix Studios, Budapest, Hungary (01/07/2005-01/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 39 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1794

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Serenade for violin, viola & cello in D major, Op. 8
  • Performers: Gyorgy Eder (Cello); Attila Falvay (Violin); János Fehérvári (Viola)
  • Notes: Phoenix Studios, Budapest, Hungary (01/07/2005-01/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796-1797