Beethoven - Complete Works for Piano Trio Vol.4 | Audite AUDITE97695

Beethoven - Complete Works for Piano Trio Vol.4

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Cat No: AUDITE97695

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 22nd September 2017



The fourth instalment of the Swiss Piano Trio's recording of Beethoven's complete piano trios includes two major works, not counted among his seven numbered trios, whose violin parts can also be played by the clarinet.

The finale of the "Gassenhauer" Trio, which was composed in 1797, draws on a popular Singspiel melody by the composer Josef Weigl whose cheerful naiveté is very well-suited to the character of the (B flat) clarinet. The dimensions and ambitious scope of the work make it a truly "classical" piano trio.

Sometimes referred to as the "eighth" trio, the Piano Trio in E flat major, op.38, for violin or clarinet, cello and piano which Beethoven published in 1807 under the title "Grand Trio", is an arrangement of the Septet, op.20, written in 1799-1800. Beethoven presented the Septet in April 1800 along with the First Symphony at an Academy in Vienna where it met with enthusiastic acclaim.

Finally, the Trio Movement in E flat major dates back to the composer's younger years: he wrote the piece in 1790 for the members of the so-called Zehrgarten Club, before later setting out for Vienna in 1792.


This collection of Beethoven’s works for violin, cello and piano, a five-volume series in the making since 2015, is played by the Swiss Piano Trio with real freshness and verve. Rather than record chronologically, they have preferred, wisely, to mix early and later repertoire to make good programmes.  Fiona Maddocks
The Observer 10 September 2017

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