Complete Piano Trios Vol. 3

Van Baerle Trio

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Beethoven, Complete Piano Trios vol. 3: Op. 70 Nos. 1 & 2, Op. 44 

The year 1808 was a period of superlative productivity for Beethoven: he had finished his Fifth Symphony in March, and the Sixth by September. Both symphonies would receive their premiers on 22 December 1808, during one of the most extraordinary concerts in history. In addition to the symphonies, it included the Fourth Piano Concerto, two parts from the Mass in C op. 86, an extemporized piano fantasy, the concert aria Ah perfido! op. 65, and the Choral Fantasy op. 80 that was especially composed for that occasion. The enormous programme ensured that the whole concert lasted about four hours. In the midst of all this, Beethoven somehow found the time and energy to compose two major piano trios. They are first mentioned in a letter from the end of July; the first was finished by the middle of September, and the second probably around a month later. They were completed while Beethoven was living with Countess Marie Erdödy, to whom the trios were also dedicated. The fact that she was separated from her husband at this time has fuelled much colourful speculation about whether she might have had a romantic relationship with the composer, but reliable evidence for that is lacking. 

– Marten Noorduin (Liner Notes, read more in the booklet)

Tracklist

1.
Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70 No. 1 - Allegro vivace e con brio
10:33
2.
Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70 No. 1 - Largo assai ed espressivo
09:00
3.
Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70 No. 1 - Presto
08:27
4.
Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 70 No. 2 - Poco sostenuto - Allegro ma non troppo
10:33
5.
Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 70 No. 2 - Allegretto
04:58
6.
Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 70 No. 2 - Allegretto ma non troppo
09:00
7.
Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 70 No. 2 - Finale - Allegro
07:50
8.
Variations in E-flat Major, Op. 44
12:00

Total time: 01:12:21

Additional information

Label

SKU

CC72781

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Artists

Composers

Genres

Editing Software

Pyramix

Mastering Engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Original Recording Format

Piano

Chris Maene Straight Strung Concert Grand CM17003

Piano Technicians

Charles Rademaker, Naomi van Schoot

Producer

Bert van der Wolf

Recording Assistent

Martijn van der Wolf

Recording Engineer

Northstar Recording Services BV – Bert van der Wolf

Recording location

MCO-1 Hilversum (the Netherlands) – 9 July 2017 (Op. 44), 25-27 June 2018

Recording Software

Merging

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DXD

Release Date November 23, 2018

Press reviews

HRAudio.Net 5 out of 5

With this third volume the Van Baerle Trio confirm being well on their way to deliver a complete set that doesn’t turn pale in the face of the very best available in any format. Moreover, theirs has the advantage of boasting a supreme sound quality. Not only because of the use of Chris Maene’s purpose built ‘Straight Strings Concert Grand’ (without interference of crossed strings) with a sound image somewhere in between ‘old and new’, giving the music a pleasingly warm fundament, but also Bert van der Wolf’s peerless recording technique, almost wiping out (depending on the quality of the sound reproduction) the difference between the concert hall and a private listening room. Quite exceptional, really.

In both piano trios Op. 70 the van Baerle Trio, clearly shunning any hint of sentimentalism or exaggerated drama, play with authority and elegance, conveying the nobility of the dedicatee, Countess Marie Erdödy. The following variations Op. 44 become a moment of sheer joy. Under their capable hands each variation (of a theme by Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf) unravels Beethoven’s ingenious handling of the material in simply textured melodies reminiscent of the unequalled simplicity Haydn expressed in his best piano trios. I suggest that meanwhile listeners read Martin Noorduin’s clarifying liner notes, which are, as before, of a pleasant and informative nature.

I do hope that I’ll be excused of giving a final verdict as long as the set is not complete, but so far it has all the hallmarks of becoming a much desirable one.

Performance: 5 out of 5 stars
Sonics (Multichannel): 5 out of 5 stars

Stretto

The ability of the three players to change the atmosphere, to reinforce or to oppose each other is exceptional. This is a refreshing vision which greatly complements the masterful interpretations of the past, while at the same time adding a dimension which makes you look at the Titan of music with a different sonority.

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