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Beethoven – String Trios Op.3 & Op.8

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Catalogue numberBIS-2087 SACD
Release date2013-03-01
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time67:55

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“Grandios!” Stereo; "A winner of a disc.” Gramophone; “The Zimmermann players float the music free of musical gravity, delighting in the composer’s little asides with captivating charm and precision... quite simply in a class of its own.” The Strad

It is often said that Beethoven's three String Trios Op.9, together with Mozart's Divertimento, form the pinnacle of their genre – one which by the beginning of the 19th century would be almost supplanted by the string quartet. Be that as it may; it would be hugely misleading to dismiss the composer's first attempts, the Trio Op.3 and the Serenade Op.8, as mere preparations. Both works are in fact exceptionally fertile examples of the suite form, in Mozart's and Beethoven's day surviving in the guise of divertimentos and serenades. While the Op. 9 trios are all cast in the four-movement mould that we are used to from the symphonies, sonatas and string quartets of the classical period, the two present works consist of sequences of six and eight movements respectively, with minuets, marches and instructions such as ‘alla polacca’ reminding us of courtly light music from an earlier period. In spite of such touches, however, they are far from ‘old-fashioned’: the adventurous spirit of the young Beethoven is plain to hear, in the exceptional creative imagination in terms of textures, thematic development and formal innovation, and in the masterful writing, which gives each instrument an equal importance and a highly individual treatment. This is music which needs a first-class chamber ensemble made up of three soloists in order to be fully realized, and with the Trio Zimmermann that is exactly what is on offer here.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van
  Trio in E flat major for violin, viola and cello, Op.3 40:04
01 I. Allegro con brio 10:22 $ 2.49 USD
02 II. Andante 09:20 $ 2.24 USD
03 III. Menuetto. Allegretto 03:19 $ 0.80 USD
04 IV. Adagio 07:41 $ 1.84 USD
05 V. Menuetto. Moderato 03:17 $ 0.79 USD
06 VI. Finale. Allegro 06:05 $ 1.46 USD
  Serenade in D major for violin, viola and cello, Op.8 26:20
07 Marcia. Allegro 02:13 $ 0.53 USD
08 Adagio 05:59 $ 1.44 USD
09 Menuetto. Allegretto 02:07 $ 0.51 USD
10 Adagio – Scherzo. Allegro molto – Adagio – Allegro
molto – Adagio
03:51 $ 0.92 USD
11 Allegretto alla Polacca 03:18 $ 0.79 USD
12 Tema con Variazioni. Andante quasi Allegretto – Var.
I–IV – Allegro – Tempo I –
06:39 $ 1.60 USD
13 Marcia. Allegro 02:13 $ 0.53 USD
  Album total 67:55
ComposerBeethoven, Ludwig van
ViolinZimmermann, Frank Peter
ViolaTamestit, Antoine
CelloPoltéra, Christian

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