Beethoven By François-Frédéric Guy, Tedi Papavrami and Xavier Phillips At The Philharmonie de Paris

Three works for Trio by Beethoven

Salle des concerts, Philharmonie 2, Paris

In many ways, Beethoven’s works for smaller ensembles allow the listener to truly appreciate his style. The grand and overwhelming way in which he composes for orchestra often engulfs the nuance that makes Beethoven’s composing so iconic. 

This concert of pieces for piano and two strings demonstrate the range of Beethoven’s compositional style. First we hear his Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello No. 4 in B flat major Op. 11 “Gassenhauer”, which focuses much of the melody around the piano as opposed to the strings. Second, Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello No. 5 in D Major Op. 70 No. 1 “Ghost" is played. This work allegedly gives voice through music to three spirits who have passed into the world beyond. Finally, the concert closes with Beethoven’s Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello No. 7 in B flat Major Op. 97 “Archduke”. This work has regal and pompous melodies which are fit for any baron, prince or, indeed, archduke. Hear these wonderful musicians’ exposé of the great German composer’s works.