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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Trios, Vol. 3 - Piano Trio No. 3 / Symphony No. 2 (arr. for piano trio) (Xyrion Trio)

Composer(s):Beethoven, Ludwig van
Artist(s) Xyrion Trio, Ensemble
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.570255
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


Haydn’s misgivings about Beethoven’s third piano trio were not entirely unfounded: symphonic in conception, it was a breakthrough work—Beethoven’s first masterpiece and eventually one of his most popular chamber pieces—and retains its power to amaze to this day. His Symphony No. 2 also broke through Classical conventions, a scherzo replacing the customary minuet. In the composer’s own arrangement for piano trio it loses none of its impact. The youthful Allegretto in E flat is, in effect, a minuet without the expected trio section.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,June 2009

The third volume in this complete Beethoven piano trio cycle offers a rare opportunity to hear the composer’s piano trio arrangement of his Second Symphony. The young man had found a welcome and a home in the house of Prince Carl Lichnowsky, and it was while there that his first three trios were published in 1795—when the composer was twenty-five—and dedicated to the Prince. Whether this third trio was composed earlier or around that time is unclear, but the earlier ones more probably came from teenage years. It is certainly full of highly attractive melodic invention, and has rightfully taken its place among the most popular works in the chamber repertoire. Seven years later he had completed the Second Symphony, also dedicated to the Prince, and



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