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Beethoven: Complete Piano Trios, Vol. 1 / Van Baerle Trio

Beethoven
Release Date: 02/16/2018 
Label:  Challenge   Catalog #: 72765  
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maria MilsteinHannes MinnaarGideon Den Herder
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Beethoven’s primary reason for settling in Vienna in 1792 was to study with Joseph Haydn, who at the time was widely considered the greatest living composer. Beethoven’s three Piano Trios op. 1 were the first compositions that he deemed important enough to give an opus number. They were dedicated to Prince Karl Lichnowsky, a patron of Beethoven in whose house he lived for some time. According to Beethoven’s lifelong friend Ferdinand Ries, Haydn was complimentary about the set of trios. The trios combine various elements that would have been familiar to Beethoven’s contemporaries. Less familiar, however, would be the fact that the trios contain four movements rather than the three that had been traditional in this genre. Although changes Read more from major to minor had been common in the music of previous generations, where they would normally apply to just the last chord, Beethoven employs this technique more extensively here than was probably common at that time. This recording was made using a Chris Maene Concert Grand built in 2017. This remarkable instrument combines the knowledge and materials used in modern piano building with those found in older historical instruments. Read less

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:  Maria Milstein (Violin), Hannes Minnaar (Piano), Gideon Den Herder (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in C minor, Op. 1 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maria Milstein (Violin), Hannes Minnaar (Piano), Gideon Den Herder (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Trio for Piano, Clarinet/Violin and Cello no 4 in B flat major, Op. 11 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maria Milstein (Violin), Hannes Minnaar (Piano), Gideon Den Herder (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797; Vienna, Austria 

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