Beethoven – Erzherzog-Trio

The Beaux-Arts trio was an American piano trio that existed from 1955 to 2008. During those years they recorded most of the repertoire for piano trio (that is: piano, violin and cello). Most of that is published on Philips records.

There is a connection between this work and the previous one: Beethoven wrote both his fifth piano concerto and his seventh piano trio in 1811, and dedicated both to archduke Rudolph of Austria, who paid him at the time. While the concerto is known as the Emperor concerto, this trio is called the Archduke trio.

The premiere was performed by Beethoven himself at the piano. After a second time in 1814 Beethovens developing deafness got the better of him and he quit performing completely.

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