Beethoven - Piano Trios
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Label: ABC Classics
Cat No: ABC4811980
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 29th April 2016
WorksPiano Trio no.2 in G major, op.1 no.2
Piano Trio no.4 in B flat major, op.11 'Gassenhauer'
Piano Trio no.5 in D major, op.70 no.1 'Ghost'
The album combines two early trios with the later ‘Ghost’, showcasing the radical development of Beethoven's style. The opening Trio, op.1 no.2, was written in 1795, when Beethoven was just 23 years old, and shows the influence of both Haydn (in its wit and surprise) and Mozart (in its lyricism - particularly evident in the sublime slow movement).
Written just two years later, the op.11 Trio earns its nickname ‘Gassenhauer’, or ‘street hit’, on account of its final movement, a delightful set of variations on Joseph Weigl’s song ‘Pria ch’io l’impegno’ (Before I go to work I must have something to eat).
By 1808, when the ‘Ghost’ Trio was written, Beethoven’s musical language had developed dramatically - and the piano trio, as the Seraphim’s pianist Anna Goldsworthy comments, ‘had now become the repository of some of his largest ideas’. ‘Over the previous decade,’ Goldsworthy continues, ‘Beethoven had been conducting his experiments with piano sonority, realised most completely in the proto-impressionistic slow movement. This spectral, eerie sound world, never previously inhabited by humans, is the source of the trio’s nickname “Ghost”.’
This album grew out of the Seraphim’s Beethoven Immersion project in 2015, when they performed the complete Beethoven Trios in venues around Australia - including complete cycles in Tasmania and South Australia, and pop-up performances in libraries, museums, art galleries and train stations.
- Anna Goldsworthy (piano)
- Helen Ayres (violin)
- Timothy Nankervis (cello)
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