Beethoven - Piano Trios
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Label: Harmonia Mundi
Cat No: HMC902125
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 10th February 2014
WorksPiano Trio no.6 in E flat major, op.70 no.2
Piano Trio no.7 in B flat major, op.97 'Archduke'
ArtistsIsabelle Faust (violin)
Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)
Alexander Melnikov (fortepiano)
By giving the stringed instruments the status of genuinely equal partners with the piano, it was Beethoven who gave the piano trio the form it was to retain throughout the 19th century.
This album presents the composer's last two works in the genre, Op.70 No.2 - dedicated to Countess Marie Erdödy, and the celebrated 'Archduke' trio, which marked the final public appearance of its composer.
Three eminent Beethovenians, Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexander Melnikov join forces here in performances that aim to highlight Beethoven's humour in their interpretation and set a new benchmark in the process.
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