This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.
Beethoven’s three Op. 9 string trios are early masterpieces, every bit as fine as the later Op. 18 quartets. These performances are wonderful: there is nothing to criticize. The quality of ensemble is outstanding, perfectly balanced, always in tune, warmly sonorous, and stylish. The presto finale of the G major trio is impeccably light and fleet, all three slow movements beautifully singing and sustained. In the dramatic C minor trio these players (Frank Peter Zimmermann, Antoine Tamestit, and Christian Poltéra) offer a clinic on how to turn phrasing and accent to ear-catching account without aRead more trace of ugliness or mannerism. The SACD sonics are every bit as fine. Don’t let this one slip by.
– David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
These three early trios by Beethoven are given brisk, lively, and well-detailed readings by the Zimmermann Trio, which was formed in 2007. Like so much of Beethoven’s music from the 1796–98 period, these pieces lie between the style of Haydn or Mozart and his own more imaginative manner, which was coming forward in those years. The addition of a fourth voice, in his early op. 18 string quartets, was obviously an extra inspiration for the composer, yet it was this set of trios on which he built those excellent structures.
If you are a fan of these string trios, this is certainly an outstanding recording to own of them. There is, really, nothing one can fault in the trio’s technical execution or musical style. Everything is there: the rhythmic spring, the little felicitous touches on the turns, the clarity in the interplay of voices. In addition, BIS’s hybrid SACD sound is simply splendid, sharp and clearly textured as a good recording of a small string ensemble should be.
Very enjoyable chamber worksJune 18, 2016By Gail M. (Goleta, CA)See All My Reviews"This disk is one of a pair of recordings of the Beethoven string trios by these musicians. The playing is very skillful, with good phrasing and interaction of the players. These early pieces, while not profound, are far from dull. The sound of the instruments on this recording is very beautiful. Good for many repeated listenings."Report Abuse
Well DoneJuly 2, 2012By M. Bishop (Clackamas, OR)See All My Reviews"This album is excellent. The musical phrasings by the Zimmermann Trio are close to perfect and the ebb and flow of dynamic tension is equally well done. I have the works of many composers by various trio and quartet groups. One or two of the recordings rivals these performances. This is a must-purchase album for those seeking to complete their Beethoven catalogue."Report Abuse