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Complete Piano Trios vol. 2

Van Baerle Trio

Complete Piano Trios vol. 2

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Format: SACD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917277821
Catnr: CC 72778
Release date: 01 June 2018
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"Luister 10: The catchy themes combined with the intelligent playfulness of the Van Baerle, elicits a smile even on the grayest afternoon"

Luister, 05-10-2018
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About the album

Chamber music arrangements of symphonies were very common in the late 18th and early 19th century, and it is probably true that a large proportion of the people who were familiar with the symphonic repertoire at the time were so because of them. The Second Symphony is the only one for which Beethoven himself produced an arrangement, although there is evidence that his student Ferdinand Ries did the bulk of the work, with Beethoven adding the finishing touches.

Of the three piano trios published under op. 1, the second announces its pretentions to the symphonic genre earlier than its siblings and has several common points with the Second Symphony that was written ten years later.

The Allegretto in E-flat, Hess 48, probably was one of the first works for piano trio that Beethoven wrote, dating back to the early 1790s. Its form is a short, but humorous conversation between three different instruments.


Het Van Baerle Trio heeft het plan opgevat alle pianotrio's van Ludwig van Beethoven op te nemen. Dit is het tweede deel in die reeks. Pianist Hannes Minnaar, violiste Maria Milstein en cellist Gideon den Herder hebben er weer een mooi album van gemaakt. De muziek van Beethoven komt goed tot zijn recht, vooral ook door het gebruik van de bijzondere 'piano' waarop Hannes Minnaar speelt.

Beethovens eigen arrangement

Kamermuziekarrangementen van symfonieën waren in de late achttiende en vroege negentiende eeuw heel gewoon, en de meeste mensen die bekend waren met het symfonische repertoire kenden het waarschijnlijk door deze bewerkingen. De Tweede Symfonie is de enige waarvoor Beethoven zelf het arrangement maakte, hoewel er aanwijzingen zijn dat zijn leerling Ferdinand Ries het meeste werk deed, en Beethoven slechts de laatste hand eraan legde.

Tweede Symfonie nooit ver weg

Van de drie Pianotrio’s op. 1 laat het middelste als eerste zijn symfonische pretenties zien door te openen met een langzame introductie, iets wat tot dan toe vooral in symfonieën voorkwam. Het begin van de Tweede Symfonie, die Beethoven een half decennium later componeerde en waarmee het enige verwantschap vertoont, is nooit heel ver weg, en het gebruik van gelijksoortige motieven suggereert een connectie.
Het Allegretto in Es-groot Hess 48 is een van de eerste werken voor pianotrio dat Beethoven schreef, en dateert uit de vroege jaren ‘90 van de achttiende eeuw. In zijn huidige vorm is het een kort maar humoristisch gesprek tussen drie verschillende instrumenten.

Bijzonder instrument

Voor deze opname speelde Hannes Minnaar op een Chris Maene Concert Grand, gebouwd in 2017. In dit bijzondere instrument zijn kennis en materialen van de moderne pianobouw gecombineerd met die van oudere, historische instrumenten. Het meest opvallende aspect is wel dat in tegenstelling tot de moderne vleugel, waarin de bassnaren gekruist zijn aangebracht ten opzichte van die van het middenregister, in dit instrument alle snaren parallel naast elkaar liggen. Daarmee verenigt het de soliditeit van de moderne vleugel met het transparante klankideaal van oudere instrumenten. De klank van deze symbiose van oud en nieuw was een inspiratiebron bij het opnemen van Beethovens pianotrio's.

Drie musici die elkaar in de 'Van Baerle' ontmoetten

Het Van Baerle Trio is in 2004 opgericht door pianist Hannes Minnaar, violiste Maria Milstein en cellist Gideon den Herder. De naam van het trio is ontleend aan de straat waar hun muzikale wortels liggen: de Van Baerlestraat in Amsterdam. Hier ontmoetten de drie musici elkaar tijdens hun studie aan het Conservatorium van Amsterdam, op een steenworp afstand van het Concertgebouw, dat het trio als zijn muzikale thuis beschouwt. Inmiddels heeft het trio een gevestigde reputatie opgebouwd in binnen- en buitenland.

Lees ook de recensie van Michel Dutrieue, Stretto.


Kammermusikarrangements von Symphonien waren am Ende des 18. und Anfang des 19. Jahrhunderts an der Tagesordnung, und es ist wahrscheinlich, dass ein Großteil der Menschen, die mit dem symphonischen Repertoire der Zeit vertraut waren, die Musik über diese Arrangements kennenlernten. Die Zweite Symphonie ist die einzige, von der Beethoven selbst ein Arrangement verfasst hatte, wenngleich es Nachweise gibt, dass sein Schüler Ferdinand Ries den Löwenanteil der Arbeit machte und Beethoven dem Ganzen den letzten Schliff verlieh.

Von den drei Klaviertrios, die im Opus 1 veröffentlicht wurden, verkündet das zweite seinen Anspruch an die symphonische Gattung früher als seine Geschwisterwerke und weist einige Gemeinsamkeiten mit der zehn Jahre später entstandenen Zweiten Symphonie auf.

Das Allegretto in Es-Dur, Hess 48, war vermutlich eines der ersten Werke, das Beethoven für Klaviertrio schrieb, und stammt aus den frühen 1790er Jahren. Formal ist es eine kurze, aber humorvolle Unterhaltung zwischen drei Instrumenten.

Artist(s)

Van Baerle Trio

The Van Baerle Trio was founded in 2004 by the pianist Hannes Minnaar, violinist Maria Milstein and cellist Gideon den Herder. The name of the trio refers to the street where it all started: the Van Baerle street in Amsterdam. The three musicians met there during their studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, at a stone‘s throw from the Concertgebouw, which they consider as their musical home. After winning the 2011 Vriendenkrans Competition in the Concertgebouw and performing there on numerous occasions since, the Van Baerle Trio was nominated by this celebrated concert hall for ECHO Rising Stars 2013/14, a tour which brought the trio to major concert venues across Europe, including Vienna‘s Musikverein, the London Barbican, Cité de la Musique...
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The Van Baerle Trio was founded in 2004 by the pianist Hannes Minnaar, violinist Maria Milstein and cellist Gideon den Herder. The name of the trio refers to the street where it all started: the Van Baerle street in Amsterdam. The three musicians met there during their studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, at a stone‘s throw from the Concertgebouw, which they consider as their musical home.
After winning the 2011 Vriendenkrans Competition in the Concertgebouw and performing there on numerous occasions since, the Van Baerle Trio was nominated by this celebrated concert hall for ECHO Rising Stars 2013/14, a tour which brought the trio to major concert venues across Europe, including Vienna‘s Musikverein, the London Barbican, Cité de la Musique in Paris, L‘Auditori in Barcelona and the Philharmonie in Cologne.
Before starting this European tour, the Van Baerle Trio had already established its international reputation, after being awarded top prizes at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in 2013 and the Lyon International Chamber Music Competition in 2011, as well as receiving the audience prize at both contests. In the Netherlands the trio was awarded the Kersjes Prize, a bursary which supports an outstanding, young Dutch ensemble each year.
The Van Baerle Trio was formed under the guidance of Dmitri Ferschtman and received lessons from Ferenc Rados and Claus-Christian Schuster, among others. The encounter with Menahem Pressler in 2008 was a great inspiration to the three musicians, who subsequently played for him on several occasions. Eager to share their experience with the next generation of musicians, the trio members have been teaching at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam since 2014.
The Van Baerle Trio’s debut CD, featuring works by Saint-Saëns, Loevendie and Ravel, received an Edison Award in 2013. This CD was followed by an album dedicated to Mendelssohn’s piano trios, which includes the world premiere recording of the early version of his Piano Trio in D minor. The latest project of the Van Baerle Trio is recording the complete piano trios by Beethoven. Already four cd's appeared. The last one is nominated for the Edison Klassiek 2019, the last volume, number 5, will appear in spring 2020.

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Hannes Minnaar (piano)

Hannes Minnaar received international acclaim after winning prizes at the Queen Elisabeth Competition (2010, 3rd prize) and the Geneva International Music Competition (2008, 2nd prize) and being awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship (2011). He studied with Jan Wijn at the Amsterdam Conservatory, graduating with the highest distinction and took master classes with Menahem Pressler and Ferenc Rados. In addition, he studied organ with Jacques van Oortmerssen. Minnaar was soloist with various orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, during which time he worked with conductors such as Marin Alsop, Jiří Bělohlávek, Herbert Blomstedt, Frans Brüggen, Eliahu Inbal, Edo de Waart and Xian Zhang. He gives recitals in many European countries and around the world. He performed at the Royal Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Konzerthaus...
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Hannes Minnaar received international acclaim after winning prizes at the Queen Elisabeth Competition (2010, 3rd prize) and the Geneva International Music Competition (2008, 2nd prize) and being awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship (2011). He studied with Jan Wijn at the Amsterdam Conservatory, graduating with the highest distinction and took master classes with Menahem Pressler and Ferenc Rados. In addition, he studied organ with Jacques van Oortmerssen.
Minnaar was soloist with various orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, during which time he worked with conductors such as Marin Alsop, Jiří Bělohlávek, Herbert Blomstedt, Frans Brüggen, Eliahu Inbal, Edo de Waart and Xian Zhang. He gives recitals in many European countries and around the world. He performed at the Royal Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Konzerthaus (Berlin), Musashino Hall (Tokyo) and the Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Moscow) and was invited to the festivals of La Roque d’Anthéron, Bordeaux (Jacobins) and Guangzhou.
Minnaar is also active as a chamber musician. As a member of the Van Baerle Trio he won prizes at competitions in Lyon (2011, CIMCL, 1st prize) and Munich (2013, ARD, 2nd prize). The trio gave 18 concerts in an international tour in the “Rising Stars” series in 2014, including the Barbican (London), Musikverein (Vienna) and Cité de la Musique (Paris). Minnaar also performed with musicians such as Janine Jansen, Isabelle van Keulen and Mischa Maisky.
His two solo albums are highly acclaimed. His debut album was awarded an Edison and Gramophone published a full-page article about this album. The same magazine wrote about his second album “Bach inspirations”: “After Minnaar’s debut disc, this makes two hits in a row”. BBC Music Magazine selected it as “Instrumental choice of the month” with 5 stars.
Minnaar is currently recording all of Beethoven’s piano concertos for Challenge Classics. Other future concert highlights include Liszt’s Totentanz and a new concerto by Robert Zuidam with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Markus Stenz – at which occiasion he will be awarded the Dutch Music Prize by the Dutch Minister of Culture – and Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Daniele Rustioni.


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Maria Milstein (violin)

Born in Moscow into a family of musicians, Maria Milstein studied in Amsterdam with Ilya Grubert, in London with David Takeno and at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo (Belgium) with Augustin Dumay. Maria is a prizewinner of major international competitions both as a soloist and as a chamber musician, such as “Città di Brescia” and “Premio Rodolfo Lipizer” in Italy, the ARD Competition in Munich, the Lyon Chamber Music Competition and the Kersjes Prize in the Netherlands. In 2016, Maria is awarded the Fellowship of the Borletti Buitoni Trust, and in 2018, she receives the Dutch Music Prize - the highest recognition for a classical musician in the Netherlands awarded by the Ministry of Culture. Maria performs extensively across Europe...
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Born in Moscow into a family of musicians, Maria Milstein studied in Amsterdam with Ilya Grubert, in London with David Takeno and at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo (Belgium) with Augustin Dumay.
Maria is a prizewinner of major international competitions both as a soloist and as a chamber musician, such as “Città di Brescia” and “Premio Rodolfo Lipizer” in Italy, the ARD Competition in Munich, the Lyon Chamber Music Competition and the Kersjes Prize in the Netherlands. In 2016, Maria is awarded the Fellowship of the Borletti Buitoni Trust, and in 2018, she receives the Dutch Music Prize - the highest recognition for a classical musician in the Netherlands awarded by the Ministry of Culture.
Maria performs extensively across Europe in halls such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, BOZAR in Brussels, Musikverein in Vienna, the Philharmonie of Cologne and Cité de la Musique in Paris. She has appeared as a soloist with a.o. The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Hague Philharmonic, the Brussels Philharmonic and Amsterdam Sinfonietta, and worked with conductors such as Vasily Petrenko, Giancarlo Guerrero, Michel Tabachnik, Jean-Jacques KA keen chamber musician, Maria formed the succesful Van Baerle Trio together with pianist Hannes Minnaar and cellist Gideon den Herder, one of the leading trios of its generation. After winning the ARD Competition and the Lyon Chamber Music Competition, the Trio made the ECHO Rising Stars Tour in 2014, peforming in famous concert halls all over Europe. The Trio already released two CD’s, both praised in the international press, and is presently recording the complete works for piano trio by Beethoven for Challenge Records.
Maria’s own debut CD « Sounds of War », recorded with pianist Hanna Shybayeva for Cobra Records and featuring Sonatas by Poulenc, Janáček and Prokofiev, received lavish reviews in the international press and won the Edison Klassiek Prize 2015 in the category “best chamber music album”. In October 2017 her second album “La Sonate de Vinteuil”, recorded with pianist Nathalia Milstein is released on the French label Mirare, and is voted “best CD of 2017” by the Dutch press.
Maria plays on a violin by Michel Angelo Bergonzi (Cremona, ca. 1750), on loan from the Dutch Music Instruments Foundation, and holds a teaching position at the Conservatory of Amsterdam.antorow, Christian Arming and Reinbert de Leeuw.

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Gideon den Herder (cello)

  Gideon den Herder initially started at Monique Bartels in Amsterdam and at Hagen in Salzburg. In Zurich he obtained his solo degree with Thomas Grossenbacher. In baroque cello he trained under the guidance of Jaap ter Linden and Roel Dieltiens. In 2003 Gideon den Herder won the title Young Music Talent of the Year, and in 2009 he won the old music competition À Tre in Trossingen (Germany) with the Trio Otone. As a member of the Van Baerle Trio Gideon den Herder won several prizes, including the Kersjesprijs and the first prizes of the ARD Competition 2013 in Munich and the international chamber music competition of Lyon in 2011. The Van Baerle Trio performs frequently and is a guest...
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Gideon den Herder initially started at Monique Bartels in Amsterdam and at Hagen in Salzburg. In Zurich he obtained his solo degree with Thomas Grossenbacher. In baroque cello he trained under the guidance of Jaap ter Linden and Roel Dieltiens. In 2003 Gideon den Herder won the title Young Music Talent of the Year, and in 2009 he won the old music competition À Tre in Trossingen (Germany) with the Trio Otone. As a member of the Van Baerle Trio Gideon den Herder won several prizes, including the Kersjesprijs and the first prizes of the ARD Competition 2013 in Munich and the international chamber music competition of Lyon in 2011. The Van Baerle Trio performs frequently and is a guest in famous venues as the Musikverein in Vienna, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Philharmonie in Cologne and the Barbican Center in London. Gideon den Herder has also been in charge of the cellular section since 2014 at the Residentie Orkest in The Hague. He played an instrument by builder Giuseppe Dall'Aglio with a bow attributed to Dominique Peccatte, both on loan from the Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds.


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Composer(s)

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include nine symphonies, five piano concertos, one violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his great Mass the Missa solemnis, and one opera, Fidelio. Together with Mozart and Haydn, he was part of the First Viennese School.    Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire, Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and by composer and conductor Christian Gottlob...
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Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include nine symphonies, five piano concertos, one violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his great Mass the Missa solemnis, and one opera, Fidelio. Together with Mozart and Haydn, he was part of the First Viennese School. Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire, Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and by composer and conductor Christian Gottlob Neefe. At the age of 21 he moved to Vienna, where he began studying composition with Joseph Haydn, and gained a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. He lived in Vienna until his death. By his late 20s his hearing began to deteriorate, and by the last decade of his life he was almost totally deaf. In 1811 he gave up conducting and performing in public but continued to compose; many of his most admired works come from these last 15 years of his life.

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Press

Luister 10: The catchy themes combined with the intelligent playfulness of the Van Baerle, elicits a smile even on the grayest afternoon
Luister, 05-10-2018

For their second release of Beethoven’s Piano Trios the Van Baerle Trio has chosen the second trio from opus 1 as well as a small Allegretto, which probably was intended to be part of an Opus 1-Trio. The highlight is the trio version of the Second Symphony, which was transcribed by Ferdinand Ries and amended by his teacher Beethoven. This reduction shows even more than the original work how the composer pushed boundaries. The Van Baerle Trio does a brilliant job to illustrate this.
Pizzicato, 13-8-2018

It's really good if you manage to suggest an orchestra as a trio, even better if you do not want to hear an orchestra anymore. Of that order is this execution.
De Volkskrant, 13-7-2018

The only time I put my car aside to listen to the radio better was when I heard this trio, they played collectively, from one thought, that everything came together.The sum of these three different spirits is not three, but five or six.
Trouw, 10-7-2018

What stands are the eminent interpretations by the Van Baerle Trio and again the excellent recording of Bert van der Wolf, which also in 'normal' stereo is not to be sneezed. Now on to part 3!
Opus Klassiek, 09-7-2018

New Classical: Beethoven's symphonic 'piano trios' by the Van Baerle Trio.
AVROTROS, 28-6-2018

***** This is a CD that evokes more admiration every time you listen to it. The Van Baerle Trio became so good since violinist Maria Milstein, cellist Gideon den Herder and pianist Hannes Minnar united at the conservatory in 2004.
Trouw, 22-6-2018

Enjoy the perfectly balanced interplay of these three top musicians, that Beethoven's pronounced, classical style of the past, with warm phrasing, rhythmic contagion, motivic profiling, mischievous charm and warm poetry, sonorous. Beautifully played.
Stretto, 21-6-2018

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