“This completes the Florestan Trio's Beethoven series. Their thoughtfulness throughout has been impressive; their overall style avoids heaviness, keeping the textures light and airy, and giving every phrase individual life and character.
Occasionally the liveliness can seem relentless, but their bubbling vitality is a natural response to Beethoven's inventiveness. And their care for detail makes the early and not fully characteristic Variations in E flat (Op 44) into an absorbing, thoroughly entertaining piece.
It's interesting to compare Op 1 No 3 with the version by the Kempf Trio (BIS), which is finely played but less searching as an interpretation.
The contrast is especially noticeable in the Andante, treated by Kempf and friends as a poetic, hymn-like slow movement, while the Florestans give us a true 18th-century Andante; much faster, and, in places, light and playful.
Op 11 is often more enjoyable in the version with clarinet instead of violin. But this is another Florestan triumph. By modifying the usual robust, jolly character of the outer movements, and introducing more delicate tones, Anthony Marwood can interpret his part in violinistic terms, establishing a close rapport with the cello, yet, at the start of the finale, proving he can be as bright and perky as any clarinettist.”