Saturday, April 2, 2011

4/2 Complete String Trios with Score Program

9 Symphonies, 32 piano sonatas, 17 string quartets - these are the foundations of Beethoven's oeuvre- so it's easy to forget that before any of that stuff (before the "Pathetique" Sonata as far as the piano works) Beethoven had written a fine volume of string trios - 5 in total.  Apparently B. didn't want to directly compete with "Papa" Joe Haydn, the "inventor" of the symphony and string quartet, and so he first concentrated on chamber works of a different type.  I presented String Trio #1 in a previous post, so here's the remaining 4.  These are of the "score following" type - which I feel add immeasurably to the experience.

From bartje11's YT collection:

All String Trios Program (2 hours, 17 minutes)

1-5: String Trio No. 1 Op. 3 (<1794)
6-8: String Trio No. 2 in G major, Op.9 No. 1 (1798)
9-11: String Trio No.3 in D Major, Op.9 No. 2 (1798)
12-14: String Trio No.4 in C minor, Op.9 No. 3 (1798)

15-17: Serenade for Violin, Viola & Cello in D major, Op.8 (1797)
Arthur Grumiaux, violin
Georges Janzer, viola
Eva Czako, cello


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