Day 220: Piano Trios II

BeethovenCD25More piano trios. More fleet-fingered playing from Francois Dumont.

Fun, fun music.

The interplay between the members of Trio Elegiaque (Laurent Le Flecher on violin, Virginie Constant on cello, and Francois Dumont on piano) is delightful. All three instruments perfectly complement one another.

Sometimes, Dumont will cut himself from the pack with a flurry of notes. Sometimes, Le Flecher will do so with the violin. And the cellist provides the perfect underpinning for it all. Much like a great bass player does in a rock band.

It’s all about the groove, baby.

Here’s what’s on tap today:

Beethoven Piano Trio in C Minor Op. 1 No. 3 (First performed in 1793. Beethoven was 23.)

Beethoven Piano Trio in E Flat Op. 70. No. 2
(Published in 1809. Beethoven was 39.)

Beethoven Piano Trio in E Flat Op. 44 (Composed 1792-1800. Beethoven was 22-30.)

Beethoven’s music runs the gamut from introspective, melancholy, and lonely to loud, vibrant, and uptempo.

He’s the King of Dynamics.

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