A new recording of Beethoven’s best-known string trios, performed with classic Italian finesse.
In these two string trios may be heard the voice of the young Beethoven at its most personal and polished. They were composed just before and just after his critical move from Bonn to Vienna, where he proceeded to establish himself in the wake of Haydn and Mozart. Both composers cast their own contrarian shadows over Beethoven’s trios...
String Trio in E-Flat Major, Op. 3
I. Allegro con brio
III. Menuetto. Allegretto-Trio-Coda
V. Menuetto. Moderato-Minore
VI. Finale. Allegro
Serenade in D Major, Op. 8
I. Marcia. Allegro-Adagio
II. Menuetto. Allegretto-Trio-Coda
III. Adagio. Scherzo Allegro molto-Adagio
IV. Allegretto alla polacca
V. Tema con variazioni. Andante quasi allegretto