Beethoven, Piano Trio Op. 70 No. 2  & Symphony No. 2
Ludwig van Beethoven

Beethoven, Piano Trio Op. 70 No. 2 & Symphony No. 2

Beethoven Trio Bonn

Label: CAvi
Format: CD
Barcode: 4260085531110
Catalog number: AVI 8553111
Releasedate: 15-05-20

- The highlight of Vol. 2 of this little 3 CD series on Beethoven’s Trio-works is certainly Beethoven own arrangement of his Symphony No. 2 for piano trio.
- It sounds as if the symphony was formerly and originally rather a trio – not missing one inch on freshness and the tunes
- The “BTB” – the Beethoven Trio Bonn – presents the second Vol. for “home” music, original versus arrangement. However, notabene not as easy as one might think!

A 3-CD series, pairing Beethoven’s original piano trios with arrangements of one of his orchestral works
Vol. 2 Trio No. 6 Op. 70/2  Symphony No. 2: standard vs. “domestic” music

In a series of 3 CDs, the Beethoven Trio Bonn explores the confrontation between one of Beethoven’s standard
works for piano trio with a further “house music” arrangement of one of his orchestral works.
More than providing an interesting pairing, the Beethoven Trio Bonn was keen on interpreting an original work for
piano trio alongside an arrangement of an orchestral work “downsized” to piano trio format. This new concept
delivers surprising, unforeseen results.

Composers and publishers in Beethoven’s day sought to indulge the pleasures of the middle class: dozens of
arrangements and transcriptions of orchestral works were in wide circulation for domestic use. Haydn, Mozart and
many others had always tried to provide access to the wonders of symphonic music for those members of the
population who could not gain entrance to the grand concerts of the upper classes.

Up to the 1930s, music publishers continued to commission composers to arrange and transcribe symphonies
and other orchestral works, in order to make them readily available as chamber music; no composer found the
task too lowly, since such work was a good source of steady income.

Vol. 2 presents the young fresh Symphony No. 2 in Beethoven own trio arrangement coupled with the less known
but definitely beautiful Trio No. 6. It sounds as if the Symphony was a trio in its original form, natural and
favourable. Also in this arrangement, the piano carries the main load of all the orchestral voices. “BTB”, the
Beethoven Trio Bonn is mastering this major challenge again and makes also this Vol. 2 to a little diamond and
enjoyable CD. Thanks to BTB there is a fascinating, committed tempo and clarity, a major portion of musicality
and joy in the performance.

Mikhail Ovrutsky, violin; Grigory Alumyan, cello; Jinsang Lee, piano

The Beethoven Trio Bonn first made themselves a name with compositions by their eponym Beethoven
and other Romantic works, before more recently turning their attention to Russian repertoire. Mikhail
Ovrutsky (violin) and Grigory Alumyan (cello) are two of the founding members of this ambitious trio,
which in 2015 maintained and strengthened its tradition with the addition of pianist Jinsang Lee.
All three musicians are foremost in their instruments, have won major international awards, and
pursue successful solo careers.

The Beethoven Trio Bonn are one of the most interesting and highly profiled piano trios currently
performing. Since their inception in 2005, they have delighted audiences as well as national and
international music critics with their “highly expressive passion” (Kulturradio Berlin-Brandenburg)
and their “daring, yet convincing performances” (Bonner Rundschau).

The ensemble has recorded four highly praised CDs: Beethoven/Mendelssohn, 4x No. 1 (Arensky,
Shostakovich, Kapustin, Rachmaninoff), as well as world première performances of Russian composers
Alexander Alyabyev and Georgy Sviridov. All released on the CAvi-Music label, these recordings
have caused a sensation on the German and international music scene and have been nominated
for several distinctions, including the German Record Critics’ Award.

Guest performances have taken the musicians all around the world – for example, to South Africa,
Austria, Spain, Japan, and the US, and to renowned festivals including the Beethovenfest in Bonn. In
2018 and 2019 they performed at the Beethoven Night in Bonn, and on the occasion of the inauguration
of the Beethoven Jubilee Year exhibit at the Bundeskunsthalle.

At the International Telekom Beethoven
Competition the trio awarded its own sponsored prize, and they gave their début performance at the
Grands Interprètes Festival in Geneva. Upcoming appearances will take place all over Europe and in Korea.