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4.6 out of 5 stars
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on 21 November 2013
This single CD brings together of perhaps Beethovens greatest trios. As such, its a really great taster for anyone wanting to sample the Trios without the expense of the Complete set. The critics seem to be fully behind The Beaux Arts Trio so you`ll be listening to the best. The Archduke is an analogue remastered recording and to me has a little more mellow, full sound which I love. The Ghost is fully digital. In all, the sound is very good indeed. The pieces are beautiful thoughful music full of interweving melodies. If you havnt listened before youre in for a real treat. Absolutely wonderful music from the Master.
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on 5 December 2010
These recordings are wonderful. The music is beautifully played with such delicacy, grace, and power one can get completely lost in Beethoven's sound world. It is also a very good value set.
As regards the Archduke, the piano is wonderfully sonorous with a rich pleasing tone and on my equipment the cello and violin are both clearly audible but not to the front of the sound. I find the experience most pleasing. I have other recordings where the cello and violin are to the fore and would buy this set for the Archduke.
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on 5 August 2016
Good (or even great) performances but the recording is often poor, even on the digital recordings (like the "Ghost"). The sound is dry, not flattering to the strings, and the cello in particular is too low in the mix, sometimes barely heard.
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on 22 December 2006
Well played and recorded. I think the opus 1 trios fare best and are works of some consequence which I had not previously heard. Recording quality is excellent but unfortunately I had a real problem with the Archduke which is the key piece for me. The balance of the instruments is difficult to accept but probably bearable in the other pieces. Piano dominates violin and cello. Third movement is good- one of the best- but elsewhere one wonders why violinist and cellist put up with this. In the final movement the violin's tripping contribution two thirds of the way through is pathetically quiet and has little effect. In addition to the volume issue the piano is played in a fairly robust way (though well ) rather than the "tinkling " of a Kempff. Having already the Stern/Rose/Istomin version with its poorish sound quality ( although a good performance )and numerous little clicks ( at least on my copy ) and the Kempff/ Fournier/Szering this Beaux Arts version is the best in sound but worst in instrument balance. The Kempff etc. version is virtually perfect interpretatively but the negative here is ? Szering's irritating respiratory intakes in the third movement. Fournier's cello tone is wonderful and apart from his respiratory contribution Szering is also fine. Kempff as usual has a simple and tasteful way with this as most of his records. I shall probably try the Florestan's at some point. I also liked the Kempff "Ghost" a lot and the Stern "Ghost" is likewise good with better sound than the Archduke. Both preferable to this Beaux Arts one.
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on 20 September 2016
Beautiful!
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on 22 May 2015
Top class playing and more pieces in the set than I realised
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on 3 February 2015
Wonderful ~ such beauty and sensitivity
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