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Gemini - Beethoven: Piano Trios Vol 1 / Perlman, Ashkenazy


Release Date: 06/01/2004 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 85493   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir AshkenazyItzhak PerlmanLynn Harrell
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1. Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in E flat major, Op. 1 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Itzhak Perlman (Violin), Lynn Harrell (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 
2. Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in G major, Op. 1 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Itzhak Perlman (Violin), Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Lynn Harrell (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 
3. Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in C minor, Op. 1 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Lynn Harrell (Cello), Itzhak Perlman (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 
4. Trio for Piano and Strings no 11 in G major, Op. 121a "Kakadu Variations" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Itzhak Perlman (Violin), Lynn Harrell (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803/1816; Vienna, Austria 
5. Allegretto for Piano and Strings in B flat major, WoO 39 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Lynn Harrell (Cello), Itzhak Perlman (Violin), Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria 
6. Trio for Piano, Clarinet/Violin and Cello no 4 in B flat major, Op. 11 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Lynn Harrell (Cello), Itzhak Perlman (Violin), Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Piano Trio No. 1 in E flat major Op.1 No.1: I. Allegro
Piano Trio No. 1 in E flat major Op.1 No.1: II. Adagio cantabile
Piano Trio No. 1 in E flat major Op.1 No.1: III. Scherzo (Allegro assai) & Trio
Piano Trio No. 1 in E flat major Op.1 No.1: IV. Finale (Presto)
Piano Trio No. 2 in G major Op. 1 No. 2: I. Adagio - Allegro vivace
Piano Trio No. 2 in G major Op. 1 No. 2: II. Largo con espressione
Piano Trio No. 2 in G major Op. 1 No. 2: III. Scherzo (Allegro) & Trio
Piano Trio No. 2 in G major Op. 1 No. 2: IV. Finale (Presto)
Piano Trio in C minor Op. 1 No. 3: I. Allegro con brio
Piano Trio in C minor Op. 1 No. 3: II. Andante cantabile con variazioni
Piano Trio in C minor Op. 1 No. 3: III. Menuetto (Quasi allegro) & Trio
Piano Trio in C minor Op. 1 No. 3: IV. Finale (Prestissimo)
Allegretto in B flat major WoO 39
Ten Variations on Müller's song 'Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu' Op. 121a: Introduzione: Adagio assai
Ten Variations on Müller's song 'Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu' Op. 121a: Thema: Allegretto
Ten Variations on Müller's song 'Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu' Op. 121a: Variation I
Ten Variations on Müller's song 'Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu' Op. 121a: Variation II
Ten Variations on Müller's song 'Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu' Op. 121a: Variation III
Ten Variations on Müller's song 'Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu' Op. 121a: Variation IV
Ten Variations on Müller's song 'Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu' Op. 121a: Variation V
Ten Variations on Müller's song 'Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu' Op. 121a: Variation VI
Ten Variations on Müller's song 'Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu' Op. 121a: Variation VII
Ten Variations on Müller's song 'Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu' Op. 121a: Variation VIII
Ten Variations on Müller's song 'Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu' Op. 121a: Variation IX - Adagio espressivo
Ten Variations on Müller's song 'Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu' Op. 121a: Variation X - Presto
Piano Trio in B flat major Op. 11: I. Allegro con brio
Piano Trio in B flat major Op. 11: II. Adagio
Piano Trio in B flat major Op. 11: III. Allegretto

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
  Greatest Composer; Great Artists! August 31, 2012 By Richard F. Buckley (Jefferson Hills, PA) See All My Reviews "Almost everything Beethoven ever wrote is outrageously popular. One exception may be these early piano trios - not because they are any the less masterpieces than his others, but because they for some reason get less play than his later works. This 2-CD set is all the argument necessary that these works should get more recognition than they do. They are miniature masterpieces in their own right. it is obvious from the beginning that they were all produced by a genius. the talent of Beethoven is immediately obvious.

Moreover, they are presented in a manner befitting their greatness. The trio of Ashkenazy, Perlman and Harrell leave no stone unturned in their presentation. They blend with each other as if Beethoven had them in mind when he developed the pieces. I haven't heard all of the recordings of these trios available, but I stand convinced that this set must be among the best - if not THE best. The performers complement each other perfectly!

This set of discs is a must buy at any price, but at EMI's budget price you would be crazy not to leap at it! The highest recommendation. A+++++"
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