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Beethoven: Serenade Op 25, etc / Gaudier Ensemble

Audio Samples

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Trio for Piano, Clarinet/Violin and Cello no 4 in B flat major, Op. 11
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quintet for Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn in E flat major, Op. 16
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Serenade for Flute, Violin and Viola in D major, Op. 25

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Trio for Piano, Clarinet/Violin and Cello no 4 in B flat major, Op. 11
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quintet for Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn in E flat major, Op. 16
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Serenade for Flute, Violin and Viola in D major, Op. 25
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Notes & Reviews:

Beethoven clearly had Mozart's quintet K452 in mind when writing his quintet in E flat for piano and winds. However, despite the instrumentation and structure being the same, Beethoven's voice and methods remain very much his own, writing on a more expansive scale, creating outer movements that at times resemble a chamber concerto for piano and wind. Also on this disc is the elegant and refined trio in B flat major, composed for the then-rare combination of clarinet, cello and piano and the Serenade Op 25, for the airy combination of flute, violin and viola. The Gaudier Ensemble brings all these works to life with their usual perceptive, subtle, and well balanced performances rich with the conversational quality of the best chamber music.

'The performances are of superlative quality: sophisticated 'conversations' between musicians of rare insight deserving wider circulation' (Sunday Times)

'This is a delughtful program of "Beethoven-lite" for which the Gaudier Ensemble makes the best possible case. Recording and notes are up to Hyperion's usual standards. I, for one, am grateful that the label seems to have survived its devastating lawsuit loss and is still able to continue producing such wonderful recordings. Recommended' (Fanfare, USA)

'Experience has demonstrated to me that any new recording from the Gaudier Ensemble is cause for rejoicing' (MusicWeb International)

'Ce CD procure d'infinis bonheurs et d'abord ceux d'une entente et d'une homogénéité sonore parfaite entre les protagonistes des deux premières oeuvres' (Classicstoday.fr)



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Trio for Piano, Clarinet/Violin and Cello no 4 in B flat major, Op. 11
  • Performers: Susan Tomes (Piano); Richard Hosford (Clarinet); Christoph Marks (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Gaudier Ensemble
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (05/19/2005-05/21/2005)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1798

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quintet for Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn in E flat major, Op. 16
  • Performers: Robin O'Neill [Bassoon/Conductor] (Bassoon); Richard Hosford (Clarinet); Jonathan Williams (French Horn); Douglas Boyd (Oboe); Susan Tomes (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Gaudier Ensemble
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (05/19/2005-05/21/2005)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1796

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Serenade for Flute, Violin and Viola in D major, Op. 25
  • Performers: Jaime Martín (Flute); Marieke Blankestijn (Violin); Iris Juda (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Gaudier Ensemble
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (05/19/2005-05/21/2005)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801