Sat 31 Dec 2016
Beautiful music for the last day of 2016.
‘The Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97, by Ludwig van Beethoven is a piano trio for piano, violin, and cello, finished in 1811. It is commonly referred to as the Archduke Trio, because it was dedicated to Archduke Rudolph of Austria, the youngest of twelve children of Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor. Rudolf was an amateur pianist and a patron, friend, and composition student of Beethoven. Beethoven dedicated a total of fourteen compositions to the Archduke, who dedicated one of his own to Beethoven in return.’
The recording features Wilhelm Kempff on piano, Yehudi Menuhin on violin, and Mstislav Rostropovich on cello. It dates from 1974, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of UNESCO International Music Council.