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Beethoven: Complete Music For Piano Trio 2 / Florestan Trio


Release Date: 10/14/2003 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67369   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Anthony MarwoodSusan TomesRichard Lester
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florestan Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The idea that this plainly and indeed humbly presented disc - the Complete Music for Piano Trio, Volume 2 - contains one of the greatest human utterances in any art-form, may come as a surprise. But it is true. The 'Archduke' Trio is one of the glories of exploring the piano trio repertoire and stands for many of us as the crowning triumph of the medium. Dating from Beethoven's richest transition, from the middle period towards his late works, the trio envelops the listener from the start and shows his ability to combine monumentality and intimacy as well as prayer and dance, on a vast scale and with awe-inspiring power. It has its title from the dedication to the Archduke Rudolph, good friend to the composer and dedicatee of many of his Read more greatest pieces, and for once the nickname of a piece has an apt suggestiveness as to the stature of the music. An important issue in the award-winning survey of piano trio repertoire from our old friends, The Florestan Trio. 'The playing of the Florestan Trio is memorable for its lyrical tenderness, its luminous sonorities and its rhythmic buoyancy' (BBC Music Magazine) 'With beautifully balanced recorded sound, it's a CD for repeated listening' (Gramophone) 'The second issue in the Florestan Trio's projected recordings of all Beethoven's music for piano trio is one of this lively and sensitive ensemble's best. The players do justice both to the sweetness and spaciousness and to the quirky humour of the great Archduke Trio, which receives a richly satisfying performance' (The Sunday Times) Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Trio for Piano and Strings no 7 in B flat major, Op. 97 "Archduke" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Anthony Marwood (Violin), Susan Tomes (Piano), Richard Lester (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florestan Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810-1811; Vienna, Austria 
2. Trio for Piano and Strings no 12 in E flat major, Hess 48 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Susan Tomes (Piano), Richard Lester (Cello), Anthony Marwood (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florestan Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1790-1792; Bonn, Germany 
3. Trio for Piano and Strings no 11 in G major, Op. 121a "Kakadu Variations" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Anthony Marwood (Violin), Richard Lester (Cello), Susan Tomes (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florestan Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803/1816; Vienna, Austria 

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