Beethoven: Piano Trios Op. 1/1, 2, 3, Op. 70/1 (Ghost) & 2, Op. 97 (Archduke), Op. 38 (arr. of Septet in E flat, Op. 20), Op. 36 (arr. of Symphony No. 2 in D)

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COMPOSERS: Beethoven
LABELS: DG Complete Beethoven Edition
WORKS: Piano Trios Op. 1/1, 2, 3, Op. 70/1 (Ghost) & 2, Op. 97 (Archduke), Op. 38 (arr. of Septet in E flat, Op. 20), Op. 36 (arr. of Symphony No. 2 in D)
PERFORMER: Wilhelm Kempff (piano), Henryk Szeryng (violin), Pierre Fournier (cello); Beaux Arts Trio; Eckhart Besch-Thomas Brandis-Wolfgang Boettcher trio
CATALOGUE NO: 453 751-2 ADD/DDD 1970-83
DG’s twenty-volume Complete Beethoven Edition brings together some of the finest Beethoven recordings ever made. Vol. 9, the Kempff-Szeryng-Fournier trio’s flagship cycle of the piano trios, has long set the standard in these works. These performances have unerring natural grace, peerless technical command and a touching modesty that’s probably the least definable hallmark of their greatness. Also including fine accounts of Beethoven’s own transcriptions of other works, this attractive package is self-commending. Michael Jameson

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