Day 219: Piano Trios I

BeethovenCD24Beautiful music.

Which is precisely what I need at the moment.

After two trips to the ER at our local hospitals in about as many weeks, I’m ready for something beautiful.

Beethoven is just what the doctor ordered.

Compositions on today’s CD are:

Piano Trio in G Op. 1 No. 2

From its entry on Wikipedia, we learn,

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Opus 1 is a set of three piano trios (written for piano, violin, and violoncello), first performed in 1793 in the house of Prince Lichnowsky, to whom they are dedicated. The trios were published in 1795.

Despite the Op. 1 designation these were not Beethoven’s first published compositions; this distinction belongs to his Dressler Variations for keyboard (WoO 63).

This trio is lively and expansive. Lots of opportunity for the pianist to showcase his dexterity.

Beethoven was 23 when this trio was Continue reading