Beethoven: Piano Trio No. 6 in E-Flat Major, Op. 70, No. 2
Piano Trio No. 6
in E-Flat Major, Op. 70, No. 2
Performed by the Trio Fontenay:
Michael Mücke (Violin)
Jens Peter Maintz (Cello)
Wolf Harden (Piano)
A live recording from the German UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
Digital Album · DDD · 4 Tracks · c. 32 Minutes
arl Czerny, composer and student of Beethoven, says about the Piano Trio in E-Flat Major, Op. 70, No. 2: "this trio is no less great or original than its successor (Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1), but it is of a very different, less serious character." The trio in e-flat major was composed during the summer of 1808 immediately after the Sixth Symphony, and applies foreseen traits to Romanticism. Beethoven expands his realm of expression here in two somewhat converse directions: both in a seemingly romantically tonal colourfulness, and towards the inclusion of classic style elements by means of a stricter introduction.
In this live recording Michael Mücke plays a violin from Gaspare Lorenzini (Piacenza 1780) and Jens Peter Maintz a Violoncello from Vincenzo Rugeri (1696).
he sweeping impulsivity and musical gauge of their interpretations have led these "three divine sons" (Süddeutsche Zeitung) to where they are today. Undoubtedly, Trio Fontenay is currently the most renowned German piano trio. A fast-paced career developed in the mid-1980s, during the course of which the "young, wild ones" were continual guests at Europe's larger festivals. In 1986 they had their American debut. Since then, one or two large annual tours take them through the USA and Canada, within the scope of which the trio regularly performs in major metropolitan cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Montreal and Toronto. The ensemble's comprehensive repertoire is a cross-section of all piano trio literature, and with its interpretations impressed with intensity and faithfulness, Trio Fontenay has always aroused great acclamation from both its public and critics alike. For their complete recording of the Beethoven Trios, Trio Fontenay was award the annual prize by Deutsche Schallplattenkritik, as well as the French "Diapason d'Or". In Paris, the trio was appointed Châtelet Theatre's resident trio.
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