String Trios Op.9 Nos.1-3
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Beethoven' String Trios Op. 9 date from his early years in Vienna and are a testament to his precocious ability as a composer out to make a strong impression. His melodic inventiveness, daring harmonic moves and integration of the three instruments into a
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These trios may have had their inspiration from the "divertimentos" of Haydn and Mozart, but they are characteristically Beethoven, full of the dynamics and drama we associate with him. There is equality between the three instruments, though the violin floating on top grabs the most attention (particularly in the allegretto of the D major trio). The phrasing from all players is crisp, clear and unfussy, and naturally, given the nature of the compositions, uncluttered. All the way through to the stirring Finale: Presto of the C minor, it is a fine recording of the first bloom of Beethoven's genius.