Beethoven: Piano Trios
Harmonia Mundi HMC-902125
Beethoven: Piano Trio No 6 in E-flat major, Op 70 No 2 (30:03)
Alexander Melnikov, fortepiano; Isabelle Faust, violin; Jean-Guihen Queyras, cello
By giving the stringed instruments the status of genuinely equal partners with the piano, it was Beethoven who gave the piano trio the form it was to retain throughout the 19th century. This album presents the composer’s last two works in the genre: Op 70 No 2, dedicated to Countess Marie Erdödy, and the celebrated ‘Archduke’ trio, which marked the final public appearance of its composer. All three eminent Beethovenians, violinist Isabelle Faust, cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras and pianist Alexander Melnikov join forces here in performances that set a new standard.