Beethoven: The Complete Music for Piano Trio, Vol. 1

The Florestan Trio is now firmly established as one of Britain's—indeed the world's—most distinguished ensembles, and their Hyperion recordings of Schubert, Schumann, Dvořák and Brahms have received universal praise. Now, having completed recordings of all of Schubert's music for piano trio, they embark on a series of the Beethoven trios which it is estimated will fill four CDs, to be recorded and issued over the next two or three years. The discs will include not only the well-known 'ops' (1, 70, 97) but also the less familiar chippings from the master's workshop. This first CD includes the two Opus 70 works (one of them the celebrated 'Ghost' Trio) as well as the Allegretto in B flat written three years later in 1812.

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TOP 20 DISCS OF 2003 (BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE / RADIO 3 CD REVIEW)
RECOMMENDATION OF THE MONTH, CHAMBER (BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE)
‘A recording that immediately, from the first impetuous bars of Op 70 No 1, feels just right’ (Gramophone)
‘For an exhilarating sense of live music-making, of players constantly challenging and coaxing each other to new insights, these irresistible performances make this one of the discs of the year’ (BBC ...
‘This new Florestan account of the two Op. 70 trios is outstanding in every way. The playing is quite gripping and masterly, and the sound is vivid and well balanced. These are arguably the most sati ...