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Beethoven: Complete Piano Trios Vol. 3

Van Baerle Trio

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Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70 No. 1  
I. Allegro vivace e con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Van Baerle Trio
II. Largo assai ed espressivo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Van Baerle Trio
III. Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Van Baerle Trio
Piano Trio in E-Flat Major, Op. 70 No. 2  
I. Poco sostenuto. Allegro ma non troppo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Van Baerle Trio
II. Allegretto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Van Baerle Trio
III. Allegretto ma non troppo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Van Baerle Trio
IV. Finale. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Van Baerle Trio
Variations in E-Flat Major, Op. 44
Ludwig van Beethoven; Van Baerle Trio
Total Playing Time    72:15
"The ability of the three players to change the atmosphere, to reinforce or to oppose each other is exceptional. This is a refreshing vision which greatly complements the masterful interpretations of the past, while at the same time adding a dimension which makes you look at the Titan of music with a different sonority." - Stretto "Youthfulness shines through their music making, but is complemented with the sparkling spirituality that gives this music its incredible value." - Opusklassiek The year 1808 was a period of superlative productivity for Beethoven: In the midst of all this, Beethoven somehow found the time and energy to compose two major piano trios. They were completed while Beethoven was living with Countess Marie Erdödy, to whom the trios were also dedicated. Some previous piano trios were rather lengthy affairs with pretentions to the symphonic repertoire, but the opening movement of op. 70 no. 1 immediately lets the listener know that this time, things are different. The piece starts seemingly in medias res with a tempestuous figure in all three instruments at the same time. The second movement is the one that gave the trio its nickname ‘ghost’. Carl Czerny, Beethoven’s student, seems to have been the first to use this name. According to him, the movement ‘resembles an appearance from the underworld. One could think not inappropriately of the first appearance of the ghost in Hamlet’. Superficially, the sibling of the ‘Ghost’ may seem closer to Haydn and Mozart in style. For a long time, the Variations op. 44 were known as ‘Variations on an Original Theme’, as the first publication did not name the theme. It has since been identified as a theme by Dittersdorf. The variations were presumably written in 1792 and published in 1804, when various other early works were being offered to publishers.
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