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  Beethoven: String Trios Op. 8, Op. 9 Nos. 1 & 3 - Beethoven String Trio
  Beethoven: String Trio No. 2 in D Op. 8 "Serenade", String Trio No. 3 in G Op. 9 No. 1, String Trio No. 5 in C minor Op. 9 No. 3

Beethoven String Trio
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  Classical - Chamber
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Review by JJ April 25, 2008 (5 of 7 found this review helpful)
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Here are three of Beethoven’s five String Trios. Early works, these are not major ones by the Bonn master. But as François-René Tranchefort points out: “There is a difference – in their writing and musical thought – between the first two, which are not convention-free, and the group of the last three (Op.9) which most certainly demonstrate a greater liberty and audacity akin to that found in the Piano Trios.” The disc opens with the “Serenade” Trio N°2 in D major, published in 1797. Next comes the Trio N°3 in G major Op.9 n°1, which stands out from the two earlier trios because of its far richer inventiveness. As for the Trio N°5 in C minor Op.9 n°3 dating from the years 1796-1798, it demonstrates a growing maturity that Beethoven would solidify in his symphonic works. Comprising Czech musicians from the Kocian Quartet (Pavel Hula on the violin) and the Prazak Quartet (Michal Kanka on the cello and Josef Kluson on the alto), the Beethoven String Trio heard here is ardent. It breathes with life and passion. In a manifest spirit of clarity, their playing examines the slightest inflection with rare acuity and in so doing delivers the most enchanting musical message ever. The pure DSD recording adds to the pleasure of the moment, and makes this SACD one of the milestones in any Beethoven collection.

Jean-Jacques Millo
Translation Lawrence Schulman

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Works: 3  

Ludwig van Beethoven - String Trio No. 2 in D major, Op. 8 "Serenade"
Ludwig van Beethoven - String Trio No. 3 in G major, Op. 9 No. 1
Ludwig van Beethoven - String Trio No. 5 in C minor, Op. 9 No. 3