Beethoven: Piano Trios Nos. 6 & 7

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Beethoven: Piano Trios Nos. 6 & 7

Awards:

Gramophone Awards 2014

Finalist - Chamber

Gramophone Magazine

Disc of the Month - February 2014

BBC Music Magazine

Chamber Choice - April 2014

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2015

Chamber Award Winner

Catalogue No:

HMC902125

Discs:

1

Release date:

10th Feb 2014

Barcode:

3149020212523

Length:

67 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)

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Beethoven: Piano Trios Nos. 6 & 7


Beethoven:

Piano Trio No. 6 in E flat Major, Op. 70 No. 2

Piano Trio No. 7 in B flat Major, Op. 97 'Archduke'


Isabelle Faust (violin), Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello) & Alexander Melnikov (Graff fortepiano)

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By giving the stringed instruments the status of genuinely equal partners with the piano, it was Beethoven who gave the piano trio the form it was to retain throughout the 19th century. This album presents the composer's last two works in the genre, Op.70 No.2 dedicated to Countess Marie Erdödy, and the celebrated 'Archduke' trio, which marked the final public appearance of its composer.

Three eminent Beethovenians, Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexander Melnikov join forces here in performances that aim to highlight Beethoven's humour in their interpretation and set a new benchmark in the process. Their next project will be Schumann Piano Trios to be recorded in May and released in 2015.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio for piano, violin and cello No. 6 in E Flat Major, No. 2, Op. 70

I. Poco sostenuto - Allegro ma non troppo

II. Allegretto

III. Allegretto ma non troppo

IV. Finale - Allegro

Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio for piano, violin and cello No. 7 in B Flat Major, Op. 97

I. Allegro moderato

II. Scherzo - Allegro

III. Andante cantabile, ma però con moto

IV. Allegro moderato - Presto

Sunday Times

2nd February 2014

“This ensemble is something of an A team. All play period instruments on this alluring disc, making for some ravishing textures”

The Guardian

6th February 2014

****

“Melnikov plays a restored fortepiano here...and it blends perfectly with Isabelle Faust's wonderfully attentive, selfless violin playing, and Jean-Guihen Queyras's inquiringly musical cello..these three players pitch [the Archduke] perfectly, always listening to each other and giving the textures a buoyancy and transparency that bring something fresh to every bar. Fascinating.”

The Telegraph

20th February 2014

****

“The playing throughout the trio is thoroughly attuned to the tone and emotional scope of the music, profoundly rapt in the andante and perkily whimsical, explosive and propulsive in the gloriously idiosyncratic finale.”

New York Times

19th February 2014

“You might not think that a recording of two Beethoven piano trios could be all that newsy. But this one is exceptional. Three insightful and accomplished artists...give fresh, lithe and sensitive performances”

Financial Times

8th March 2014

****

“The first thing you notice here is the timbre of the fortepiano, lightening the overall texture: in Melnikov’s hands it sometimes sounds like a gypsy dulcimer...The “Archduke” receives a delightfully intimate performance: the voicing of each instrument comes across with equal clarity, and the great Andante cantabile casts its spell afresh.”

MusicWeb International

17th March 2014

“this new recording joins the others at the top of the tree and is worth buying even if you have one of them because of its unique selling point - the employment of a fortepiano.”

BBC Music Magazine

April 2014

*****

“Melnikov works wonders with his 1828 Graff piano, managing to make it less clattery and more piano-like than in most other fortepiano recordings.”

International Record Review

April 2014

“a captivating performance … recorded in very clear, natural sound … This terrific new Harmonia Mundi disc can be recommended unreservedly.”

Gramophone Magazine

February 2014

“A cellist who tends towards introversion; a fortepianist who tends the other way. Put them together and something magical happens within the tensions they engender.”

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