The Archduke and Beethoven
June 7, 2019
During Beethoven’s “middle period” as a composer, many say that his style got more heroic, more passionate, romantic and more independent. Works from this period is among others his third symphony Eroica, his only opera Fidelio, and the piano sonatas Appassionato and Moonlight.
Beethoven’s Piano Trio, op 97, referred to as the Archduke trio, waswritten during this period. Some of the middleperiod works extend the musical language he had inherited from Haydn and Mozart,going his own way. The Archduke trio was written during the summer andwinter of 1810 and completed in March 1811. was dedicated to Archduke Rudolphof Austria, who was an amateur pianist and patron, and the youngest of twelvechildren of Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor. In total, Beethoven dedicatedfourteen compositions to the Archduke.
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827),
Piano Trio, op 97,
1: Allegro moderato, 2: Scherzo(allegro), 3: Andante cantabile ma però conmoto. Poco piu adagio, 4: Allegro moderato – presto
Henning Kraggerud, violin
Adrian Brendel, cello
Imogen Cooper, piano
Length of concert: 45 min