- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 14.61 x 12.7 x 0.89 cm; 109.14 g
- メーカー : Philips
- EAN : 0028945631721
- レーベル : Philips
- ASIN : B0000041N6
- ディスク枚数 : 2
All of Beethoven's string trios are early; he abandoned the form when he began writing quartets. But this doesn't mean they are negligible. Arguably, his Op. 3 trio, in the form of a divertimento, lacks the concentration of the other works. But the Serenade is a delight, and the three trios of Op. 9 are excellent early Beethoven. Arthur Grumiaux devoted a great deal of his career to playing chamber music, usually with these excellent colleagues. This is not a star show but a meeting of equals. Getting all these fine performances, in excellent sound, as a "twofer" is a real bargain. --Leslie Gerber
The string quartet has long been considered to be the 'rite of passage'--the medium in which a composer proves he (or she) has 'chops'--the complete mastery of technique (harmony, counterpoint, voice-leading, etc.)--to write successfully for any combination of instruments .
But the string trio presents a unique challenge. With only three instruments (and six pitches available at any time), one must create a complete sonic universe with all the richness and diversity that will keep a listener entranced from beginning to end of a 20-minute piece. Beethoven evidently was inspired by this challenge and created five early masterpieces for this ensemble that have never been surpassed in their imagination and superb craftsmanship. They are among the best things he ever wrote.
It is an intellectual and sensual pleasure to hear Grumiaux lead his colleagues through these rich musical landscapes. I've always loved his elegant, musical playing (I'm a violinist) and consider him to be the ideal interpreter for this repertoire. His colleagues in the trio are 'molto simpatico' and the ensemble and phrasing are impeccable. Janzer (viola) and Czako (cello) don't quite match Gruimiaux's buttery, seamless sound in their solos, but the overall feeling is one of committed, intense music-making that results in performances that set a bench-mark for future ensembles.