As the musical world celebrates Beethoven 250, two piano trios perfectly encapsulate his boundless energy and invention and rule-breaking radicalism.
Determined to make an impression with his first published opus, the twenty-something composer cast classical chamber music conventions aside in the expansive C-minor trio’s broad sweep and lyrical beauty; what emerges is almost a symphony for three instruments. The unusual instrumental effects and eerie nocturnal flickerings gave the ‘Ghost’ trio its supernatural nickname, but the swagger and knockabout humour of the finale soon brings us back into the daylight.
Beethoven Piano Trio Op.1 No.3 28’
Piano Trio Op.70 No.1 ‘Ghost’ 26’