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Beethoven Piano Trios

Hamlet Piano Trio


SKU: 39117

Year of release: 2017

Piano Trio no. 5 in D Major op 70 no. 1 "ghost' 28:31
1. Allegro vivace e con brio Beethoven 10:37
2. Largo assai ed espressivo Beethoven 09:38
3. Presto Beethoven 08:15
Piano Trio no. 6 in Eb major opus 70 no. 2 30:00
4. Poco sostenuto - allegro ma non troppo Beethoven 10:26
5. Allegretto Beethoven 04:41
6. Allegretto man non troppo Beethoven 06:41
7. Finale - Allegro Beethoven 08:12
Piano Trio no. 11 opus 121a 'Kakadu' 17:16
8. Variations in G major Beethoven 17:16
Total time: 75:47

About this album

For our second album we have chosen to record Beethoven trios. Once again we had an adventure playing on gut strings, classical bows and the beautiful Salvatore Lagrassa, 1815 piano from the Edwin Beunk collection. As a musician one has individual timing, ones approach to colours, articulation and phrasing which are pretty personal. It could be akin to how one uses language to express oneself. The peculiar effect of using the historic instruments is how one suddenly has a new dialect in a language that one felt relatively at home in. This opens up new expressions and creates a different sound world, every nuance of emotion or thought that has been experienced becomes more rooted, there is more edge, so many small details are more vivid in colour and articulation which gives a very different picture of the whole. Its perhaps close to a restoration of a picture only much of what is restored happens to us!

A recording is but a moment in time, hopefully capturing moments of inspiration.

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Opus Klassiek

Het is werkelijk fenomenaal zoals hier zonder buitensporige agogiek muziek wordt gemaakt (…) Wat een doortekening, helderheid en maatvoering! Ook dit werk past het Hamlet Trio als een handschoen, wordt er 'hautnah' gemusiceerd. Hier kunt u horen hoe ‘gewoon' muziek maken tot buitengewone resultaten leidt. Jared Sacks heeft voor een bijzonder fraaie opname gezorgd.

Klassieke Zaken "Aanbevolen"

Voor de liefhebbers van kamermuziek een aanwinst.

Thomas Gehrig Die neue CD des Hamlet-Trios knüpft an die Qualität des Debüt-Albums an. (…)Musikalischer Fluss (…) gesamte dynamische Klangpalette

The Sunday Times

They make a wonderful complementary pair, especially as played so vividly by the period-instrument Hamlet Piano Trio.

BBC Music Magazine

These three refined musicians play Beethoven's two Op. 70 trios with gut strings, classical bows and an 1835 piano – it's an atmospheric mix. They capture the benevolent melancholy. ETA Hoffmann heard in the slow movement of the Ghost Trio (No. 5), and treat No. 6 with admirable poise.


Les pittoresques Variations op. 121a complètent un programme unifié par les qualities imaginatives et esthètiques de cette excellente formation.

Nederlands Dagblad

De waarde [van de vertolking] wordt nog verhoogd door de oude instrumenten. Daarmee wordt de klank die Beethoven zelf voor ogen had waarschijnlijk goed benaderd.

Technical Specifications

SpeakersGrimm LS1 speakers
Digital To Analog ConverterHorus by Merging Technologies
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Cablesvan den Hul 3T
Mixing ConsoleRens Heijnis custom made
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Recording FormatDSD256
Recording DateJune 2016
Recording LocationStadsgehoorzaal Leiden, The Netherlands
EditingJared Sacks
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProducerWillem de Bordes