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|Beethoven, Beaux Arts Trio|
Archduke & Geister Trios
The Beaux Arts threesome take a contemplative, Apollonian view of this work, a reaction to their earlier, lighter reading from the 1960s. They strive for almost too much refinement in their playing of the trio's opening mo... more »
The Beaux Arts threesome take a contemplative, Apollonian view of this work, a reaction to their earlier, lighter reading from the 1960s. They strive for almost too much refinement in their playing of the trio's opening movement, which emerges at a very moderate Allegro moderato and nearly succumbs to local effect. The Andante is the key to their interpretation: where others treat it as a reverie, they see it as a meditation, and take a full 13 1/2 minutes to play it. The recording, an early digital effort from 1981, offers excellent presence, good atmosphere, and lots of detail. --Ted Libbey
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