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Piano Trio in E flat major, WoO38
composer
1790/1

Recordings
'Beethoven: The Complete Music for Piano Trio' (CDS44471/4)
Beethoven: The Complete Music for Piano Trio
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'Beethoven: The Complete Music for Piano Trio, Vol. 3' (CDA67393)
Beethoven: The Complete Music for Piano Trio, Vol. 3
Details
Movement 1: Allegro moderato
Track 9 on CDA67393 [4'04]
Track 9 on CDS44471/4 CD3 [4'04] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 2: Scherzo: Allegro ma non troppo – Trio
Track 10 on CDA67393 [4'33]
Track 10 on CDS44471/4 CD3 [4'33] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 3: Rondo: Allegretto
Track 11 on CDA67393 [4'50]
Track 11 on CDS44471/4 CD3 [4'50] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Piano Trio in E flat major, WoO38
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The Trio in E flat, WoO38 was written in 1790 or 1791 and doubtless played by Beethoven with members of the Elector’s orchestra. This slender, amiable three-movement work seems almost tentative beside the ambitious Opus 1 trios. But it contains much charming, unassuming music, together with occasional prophetic touches like the subtle elision of development and recapitulation in the first movement. The development introduces a new falling arpeggio figure that Beethoven fleetingly recalls in the coda and was to put to more dramatic use a few years later in the Piano Sonata in F minor, Op 2 No 1.

The middle movement is also in E flat, making this a rare Beethoven work that retains the same key and mode throughout. Though labelled ‘Scherzo’, this is really a minuet, gentler and more decorous than the examples Haydn was producing by this time. The delightful Trio is a bucolic German dance. For the finale Beethoven writes an easy-going rondo whose lilting theme is varied on each of its reappearances. The cello has more independence here than in the earlier movements, especially in the imitative dialogues in the second, ‘developing’ episode. The quiet sideslip to a surprise key in the coda is an early example of a Haydnesque gambit which Beethoven would fruitfully exploit in the years to come.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2004

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Details for CDS44471/4 disc 3 track 9
Allegro moderato
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-04-39309
Duration
4'04
Recording date
23 December 2002
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
Hyperion usage
  1. Beethoven: The Complete Music for Piano Trio, Vol. 3 (CDA67393)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: April 2004
  2. Beethoven: The Complete Music for Piano Trio (CDS44471/4)
    Disc 3 Track 9
    Release date: October 2011
    4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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