Complete Piano Trios Vol. 1 (2017)

Beethoven

Van Baerle trio

Beethoven, Complete Piano Trios vol. 1: Op. 1 Nos. 1 & 3, Op. 11
When Beethoven left Bonn for Vienna in 1792 he was already an experienced composer: his first published composition, the Dressler Variations WoO 63,  was issued in 1782, followed the next year by a set of three Piano Sonatas now known as WoO 47 and some minor works, and, in 1791, by the virtuosic Righini Variations WoO 65. These early publications were only the tip of the  iceberg, and there is evidence that during his time in Bonn he composed in a wide variety of genres, including concertos, cantatas, and chamber music. Nevertheless, many of the works that Beethoven had finished before his arrival in Vienna remained unpublished until after his death.

 

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Van Baerle trio

The Van Baerle Trio has had a rich history in the few years of its existence. We started playing together almost by accident – when we met for our first rehearsal we hardly knew each other! In my first year at the Amsterdam Conservatory, I had to form a chamber music ensemble. Since the repertoire attracted me very much, I started looking for partners for a piano trio, to be coached by Dmitri Ferschtman, cellist and professor at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. He suggested asking Gideon den Herder, who in his turn suggested Hannes Minnaar (he knew him from theory lessons). The first time we met was in autumn 2004, when we planned our first rehearsal with the Beethoven Trio op.1 no.3.
Rehearsals were not easy in the beginning – I spoke only English and Hannes would often switch to Dutch, so Gideon would have to translate. Also musically, we came from different backgrounds: I was raised in a ‘Russian school’ tradition and had very little experience with chamber music; Gideon was always veryinterested in performance practice and had more experience in chamber music and ensemble playing; Hannes didn’t come from a musical family and was therefore curious about everything and interested in all sorts of music (from Sweelinck to Percy Grainger) — he always knew pieces which we never heard about!

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Complete Piano Trios Vol. 1 (2017)

Beethoven

Van Baerle trio

    Musicweb International

There is plenty of wit and grace in these pieces, and you can hear these three musicians delighting in every moment. Beethoven’s virtuoso piano writing suits Minnaar’s digital dexterity to the ground, and even in the Presto finale of Op. 1 No. 1 there is no glossing over the musical shapes in all of those runs and scales. Op. 1 No. 3 with its minor-key gravitas gives a more substantial impression than No. 1, but the smiles and sideways glances are still present not far beneath the serious work, and the surprises in the finale come up sounding truly new and fresh. The Piano Trio Op. 11 with its reference to a comic opera by Joseph Wiegl in its third movement is superb, and in my view the Van Baerle Trio never puts a foot wrong in any of these works, pacing both fast and slow allowing the music to develop and breathe with a sense of balance and ease as well as with drama and excitement, all aided by a fabulous DSD recorded sound that puts us up close and personal with the musicians.

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Complete Piano Trios Vol. 1 (2017)

Beethoven

Van Baerle trio

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Mastering Engineer: Bert van der Wolf
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Microphones: Sonodore
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Recording location: MCO-1 Hilversum (the Netherlands)
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Piano Trio in E flat Major Op. 1, No. 1: Allegro
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Piano Trio in E flat Major Op. 1, No. 1: Adagio cantabile
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Piano Trio in E flat Major Op. 1, No. 1: Scherzo. Allegro assai
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Piano Trio in E flat Major Op. 1, No. 1: Finale. Presto
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Piano Trio in C Minor Op. 1, No. 3: Allegro con brio
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Piano Trio in C Minor Op. 1, No. 3: Andante cantabile con Variazioni
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Piano Trio in C Minor Op. 1, No. 3: Menuetto. Quasi Allegro
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Piano Trio in C Minor Op. 1, No. 3: Finale. Prestissimo
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Piano Trio in B flat Major Op. 11: Allegro con brio
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Piano Trio in B flat Major Op. 11: Adagio
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Piano Trio in B flat Major Op. 11: Thema?: Pria ch'io l'impegno. Allegretto
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