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Storioni Trio: Beethoven – Piano Trio no.2 & 5 (24/96 FLAC)

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Storioni Trio
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Pentatone
Release: 2005
Size: 1.04 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Piano Trio No. 2 in G major, Op. 1 No. 2
01. I. Adagio – Allegro vivace
02. II. Largo con espressione
03. III. Scherzo. Allegro
04. IV. Finale. Presto

Piano Trio No. 5 in D major, Op. 70 No. 1 ‘The Ghost’
05. I. Allegro vivace e con brio
06. II. Largo assai ed espressivo
07. III. Presto

Dutch musicians are different. They are absolutely objective, but deeply passionate; completely faithful to the letter of the score, but totally in touch with the spirit behind the score; wholly dedicated to their ensemble, but profoundly individualistic in their expression. In these ways, the Storioni Trio is the epitome of Dutch music-making. On this disc, the Storioni Trio fully inhabits not only the late eighteenth century world of Beethoven’s early E flat major Trio Op. 1/2, but also the early nineteenth century world of Beethoven’s later D major Trio, Op. 70/1, nicknamed the “Ghost.” The trio’s performance of Op. 1/2 is lightly graceful in the Allegro vivace, Scherzo, and Finale, but fully felt in the introductory Adagio and especially the Largo con espressione. The performance of Op. 70/1 is unbearably exciting in the opening Allegro vivace e con brio, overwhelmingly affecting in the central Largo assai ed espressivo, and incredibly thrilling in the closing Presto. Each player of the Trio is a virtuoso with a warm tone and an agile technique, but together they become more than the sum of their parts, a virtuoso ensemble that embodies all that is good in Dutch musicians. PentaTone’s super audio sound is cool, clear, and deep.