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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Trios, Vol. 4 - Piano Trios Nos. 4, 8 (Hausmann, Kliegel, Tichman)

Composer(s):Beethoven, Ludwig van
Artist(s) Kliegel, Maria, cello • Hausmann, Ib, clarinet • Tichman, Nina, piano
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.570943
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


Composed in 1798, a few years after he settled in Vienna, Beethoven’s Gassenhauer (‘popular song’) Trio gained this nickname from its set of variations on Pria ch’io l’impegno from Weigl’s comic opera Il Corsaro. It opens with a finely crafted sonata-form Allegro con brio, followed by an Adagio based on his own Piano Sonata Op. 49, No. 2. The Clarinet Trio, Op. 38, published in 1803, is Beethoven’s own stylish transcription of his extraordinarily popular Septet, Op. 20 (1799). Volumes 1 (8.557723), 2 (8.557724) and 3 () are also available.



Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,May 2010

These are two of Beethoven's most popular and melodic trios: Op. 38 is the composer's transcription of his Septet, Op. 20. Individually, these are fine musicians, but it's evident from the careful approach they take in the first few movements of the Septet reduction that they have not been playing as a trio for any length of time. Things improve as the music progresses, especially in the "Gassenhauer" trio, which comes off brilliantly.


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