Beethoven - Clarinet Trios
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Cat No: ALPHA405
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 17th August 2018
WorksClarinet Trio in B flat major, op.11
Clarinet Trio in E flat major, op.38
ArtistsEric Le Sage (piano)
Paul Meyer (clarinet)
Claudio Bohorquez (cello)
By 1798, the year Ludwig van Beethoven composed his Trio for piano, clarinet and cello op.11, he was already well-known in Vienna as a remarkable improviser and an ambitious young composer. the piece was clearly aimed at the enlightened aristocracy, as well as competent musical amateurs. This did not prevent the critics, though universally positive, from judging the score to be over-complex in places. Dedicated to the Empress Marie-Theresa of Austria, the Septet was published in 1802 by Hofmeister, and on being well-received it was then rearranged for various combinations. Beethoven himself made a version for clarinet, cello and piano, op.38 in E flat major – the one recorded here.
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