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Beethoven: Piano Trios / Gryphon Trio

Beethoven / Gryphon Trio
Release Date: 11/09/2010 
Label:  Analekta   Catalog #: 29860   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gryphon Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These finely judged and warmly recorded performances gave me great deal of pleasure. I particularly liked the players’ leisurely tempos in the opening movement of the Trio Op. 70 No. 2, and the way they brought out the gruff humour of the concluding variations in Beethoven’s own adaptation of his Op. 11 Trio, originally scored for clarinet, cello and piano.

Perhaps the famous Largo from the Ghost Trio could have been a touch more mysterious. I often think of ETA Hoffmann’s description of playing the piece using soft pedals and the sustaining pedal, so that the piano produced ‘floating sounds that embraced the soul like shadowy dream figures, and enticed it into the magical sphere of strange presentiments’. It’s hard, though,
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There are, however, genuine grounds for complaint in the third movement of the Trio Op. 70 No. 2, where the Gryphon Trio bypasses a wholesale repeat of the minuet-like main section and its trio, thereby curtailing Beethoven’s characteristic five-part form to three parts, and considerably lessening the effectiveness of the coda which refers back nostalgically to the trio.

Perhaps the cut was made in order to accommodate the Op. 11 Trio on an already well-filled CD. If so, it’s a poor excuse: the movement in question is not long, and it’s among the most beautiful Beethoven ever wrote. With that caveat, the CD is strongly recommended.

-- Misha Donat, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 5 in D major, Op. 70 no 1 "Ghost" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gryphon Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 6 in E flat major, Op. 70 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gryphon Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Trio for Piano, Clarinet/Violin and Cello no 4 in B flat major, Op. 11 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gryphon Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797; Vienna, Austria 

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