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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.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 1, No. 3
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante cantabile con variazioni
III. Menuetto: Quasi allegro
IV. Finale: Prestissimo
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36 (arr. for piano trio)
I. Adagio - Allegro con brio
II. Larghetto quasi andante
IV. Allegro molto
Ludwig van Beethoven: Allegretto in E flat major, Hess 48