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Beethoven: Piano Trios Op.70 No.2 & Op.97 'Archduke' (Faust, Melnikov, Queyras)

Isabelle Faust , Jean-Guihen Queyras , Alexander Melnikov , L.V. Beethoven , . Audio CD
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  • Conductor: .
  • Composer: L.V. Beethoven
  • Audio CD (10 Feb 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi (Fra)
  • ASIN: B00GIXPWN8
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,017 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Trio for piano, violin and cello No. 6 in E Flat Major, No. 2, Op. 70: I. Poco sostenuto - Allegro ma non troppoIsabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexander Melnikov10:18Album Only
Listen  2. Trio for piano, violin and cello No. 6 in E Flat Major, No. 2, Op. 70: II. AllegrettoIsabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov and Jean-Guihen Queyras 5:16£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Trio for piano, violin and cello No. 6 in E Flat Major, No. 2, Op. 70: III. Allegretto ma non troppoIsabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexander Melnikov 6:32£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Trio for piano, violin and cello No. 6 in E Flat Major, No. 2, Op. 70: IV. Finale - AllegroIsabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexander Melnikov 7:58£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Trio for piano, violin and cello No. 7 in B Flat Major, Op. 97: I. Allegro moderatoIsabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov and Jean-Guihen Queyras12:57Album Only
Listen  6. Trio for piano, violin and cello No. 7 in B Flat Major, Op. 97: II. Scherzo - AllegroIsabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov and Jean-Guihen Queyras 6:16£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Trio for piano, violin and cello No. 7 in B Flat Major, Op. 97: III. Andante cantabile, ma però con motoIsabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov and Jean-Guihen Queyras11:18Album Only
Listen  8. Trio for piano, violin and cello No. 7 in B Flat Major, Op. 97: IV. Allegro moderato - PrestoIsabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexander Melnikov 6:55£0.89  Buy MP3 


Product Description

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By giving the stringed instruments the status of genuinely equal partners with the piano, it was Beethoven who gave the piano trio the form it was to retain throughout the 19th century. This album presents the composer's last two works in the genre, Op.70 No.2 dedicated to Countess Marie Erdödy, and the celebrated 'Archduke' trio, which marked the final public appearance of its composer. Three eminent Beethovenians, Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexander Melnikov join forces here in performances that aim to highlight Beethoven's humour in their interpretation and set a new benchmark in the process. Their next project will be Schumann Piano Trios to be recorded in May and released in 2015.

Review

Put three such stylistically perceptive young musicians as Alexander Melnikov, Isabelle Faust and Jean-Guihen Queyras together and you can anticipate a result no less than stimulating. True to expectations, their playing, their sensitivity and the way they interact with each other lend their performances of Beethoven's final two piano trios both vitality and stature. --The Daily Telegraph

CHAMBER CHOICE OF THE MONTH ***** perf / ***** rec You know a performance is working well when you greet each long repeat with an inward sigh of pleasure ... The Piano Trio No.6 emerges here as vital and imaginative ... The recorded sound is fresh and clear, with the ensemble finely balanced. --Stephen Johnson, BBC Music Magazine

IRR OUTSTANDING 'a captivating performance … recorded in very clear, natural sound … This terrific new Harmonia Mundi disc can be recommended unreservedly.' --Nigel Simeone, IRR April 2014

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hip, Hip, Hooray 2 April 2014
By C. Wake
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HIP - historically informed performance – has been infecting mainstream playing of classical and early-romantic orchestral works for some time. Roger Norrington and Simon Rattle are the best-known "crossover" conductors, regularly getting their brass players to use narrow-bore instruments, and their strings to limit vibrato. The aim is acoustic rather than strictly musical – but better balance generally makes for better tuning and better ensemble.

The infection is now spreading to chamber music through period keyboards. I was first aware of it through Viktoria Mullova's marvellous disc of the "Kreutzer" sonata with Kristian Bezuidenhout in 2010, but Bezuidenhout is a period specialist, so this was perhaps more of a meeting between different camps than a crossover. I don't think Mullova consciously adopted any period technique; she used gut strings, however.

Now we have "modern" players – who more so than Isabelle Faust? – making another Beethoven record with a period keyboard, a copy of an 1828 Graf piano. Faust and Melnikov have no previous form in the period world, but they have often been seen in the company of infectious characters. I saw them myself as long ago as 2001 at the Oxford Chamber Music Festival playing with the likes of Melvyn Tan and Pieter Wispelwey, and I gather that Melnikov has shared platforms (though not keyboards) with Andreas Staier.

I am fascinated to find these players, who five years ago produced an extremely successful recording of the Beethoven Violin Sonatas using a Steinway, should now switch to a fortepiano to perform middle-period Beethoven Piano Trios.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 2 Mar 2014
By SM TOP 50 REVIEWER
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A lovely recording.

The musical balance and relationship that these three players seem to have with each other really seems to enhance the recording.

Melnikov is playing a fortepiano which sounds fantastic and to the listener sounds in my opinion much lighter to the touch and therefore easier to listen to than some. Faust is playing a Stradivarius which sound amazing.

Overall they all fit really well together. Vibrato (and lack of in places) really adds to the feeling of atmosphere, and the players are all sympathetic to each other - nobody is trying to outshine anyone else.

I love this recording and would recommend it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 4 July 2014
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Fine playing from Isabelle Faust but recording rather short on ambience.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Robert D. Roy TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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These musicians have recorded so many wonderful recordings of concertos with unexpected 'fill ups' from the chamber repertoire. This new disc is maintains the very high standards set by their previous releases both in terms of their artistry and the outstanding recording and presentation.

There is no doubt that these artists mean business from the very beginning. There is wonderful assertiveness without aggression and, at the other end of the spectrum, their piano and pianissimo playing is superb. (Without having to turn the volume up to hear it!)

Hopefully, this will be first of many trio discs from this unbeatable team. Could we hope for he Mendelssohn and Schubert trio's next?

A truly glorious disc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing 6 Mar 2014
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Familiar masterpieces performed in a most refreshing manner. The earlier successes of these artistes in the Beethoven violin sonatas is repeated here.
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