L.van Beethoven: Piano Trio, Op. 97 "Archduke"
(Live)
Greenwich Trio
Lana Trotovsek / Heather Tuach / Yoko Misumi

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L.van Beethoven: Piano Trio, Op. 97 "Archduke"

 

I. Allegro moderato [13:12]

II. Scherzo [06:54]        

III. Andante cantabile [12:24] 

IV. Allegro moderato [07:17]

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This recording features a live performance of Beethoven's glorious Piano Trio in B flat major Op.97, commonly referred to as the Archduke Trio by the Greenwich Trio (Lana Trotovsek, Heather Tuach and Yoko Misumi). 

It was dedicated to Archduke Rudolph of Austria, the youngest of twelve children of Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor. Rudolf was an amateur pianist and a patron, friend, and composition student of Beethoven. Beethoven dedicated a total of fourteen compositions to the Archduke, who dedicated one of his own to Beethoven in return.

The trio was written late in Beethoven's so-called "middle period". He began composing it in the summer of 1810, and completed it in March 1811.
The first public performance was given by Beethoven himself, Ignaz Schuppanzigh (violin) and Josef Linke (cello) at the Viennese hotel Zum römischen Kaiser on 11 April 1814, as his deafness continued to encroach upon his ability as a performer. After a repeat of the work a few weeks later, Beethoven did not appear again in public as a pianist.

Formed in 2006, originally with cellist Stjepan Hauser, Greenwich Trio has performed at renowned international festivals including Festival International de Santander, Rheingau Musik Festival, Festival Ljubljana, Festival Estoril, Cheltenham Music Festival, Rye Arts Festival, Chipping Campden, Bath Festival and has performed L. van Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with conductor Barry Wordsworth. Notable venues include a debut in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw in 2009 and a performance during the opening festival of London’s Kings Place in 2008. They have also performed a series of concerts in Royal Palaces in Madrid under “Patrimonio Nacional” represented by the Royal Family of Spain. 

Greenwich trio was lucky to be mentored by legendary names in chamber music including the Amadeus Quartet, Alban Berg Quartet, the Guarneri Quartet, Trio Fontenay, Ivry Gitlis, Stephen Kovacevich, Ralf Gothoni, Arnold Steinhardt, Valentin Erben, Eberhardt Feltz and the Beaux Arts Trio's members Menahem Pressler and Bernard Greenhouse, who hailed them as the "New Beaux Arts Trio”. 

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