Staying in Touch With Beethoven
It’s surely time for some more Beethoven so I’ve selected the first movement from Beethoven’s dynamic Piano Trio in E Flat major, Op.1 No.1 performed by Andrew Haveron, Umberto Clerici and me – to listen please click on the yellow underlined words.
This trio is the first of a group of three piano trios Beethoven dedicated to his good friend and patron, Prince Karl Lichnowsky. They are the first works to which he assigned a single opus number which is extremely significant. It was Beethoven who elevated the piano trio to the same professional status as the string quartet, and his Opus 1 trios are full of innovations and devices not previously utilized for this combination of instruments. It is a thrilling work to play, especially with two such charismatic performers.
This concert was filmed in the early days of our experience with COVID when keeping socially distanced from one another and limiting the number of people in a very large room to five was introduced. All venues were closed and we were fortunate to have been allowed to use a performance space at Sydney Grammar. Let’s hope these days are soon behind us!
To hear the full work and the concert in which it was performed (Let’s Get Personal), along with our introductions, please visit my website.