Van Baerle Trio

Complete Works for Piano Trio (box set)

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Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917284720
Catnr: CC 72847
Release date: 14 August 2020
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"It is true that these are three exceptional musicians. If Maria Milstein has a sensitive game [...], she also knows how to show dreadfully incisive [...] The warm cello of Gideonden Herder embraces us in the Adagio of Opus 11. Instinctive pianist Hannes Minnaar animates the discourse to strategic places by tiny text solicitations."

Classica, 31-5-2021
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About the album

The young Van Baerle Trio, made of stunning soloists – Hannes Minnaar on piano, Maria Milstein on violin and Gideon den Herder on cello – have accomplished the Beethoven’s Piano Trio recordings. Now, Challenge Classics releases a box including the five volumes of their remarkable survey. It includes the three youthful Trios op. 1, the two great Trios op. 70, the absolute masterpiece which is the Trio op. 97, named ‘Archduke’.

Together with such ‘official’ and original works, there are also Beethoven’s own transcriptions of his own works: the Clarinet Trio op. 11, the Trio arrangements of the Septet op. 20 and of the Sympony no. 2. You will also find some light, occasional pieces like the Allegrettos in E-flat and in B-flat, the Variations op. 44 and op. 121a. The most unexpected work included in the box is the Triple Concerto, as the musicians consider it as a real piece of ‘augmented’ chamber music.

Fanfare: “I believe this is one of the great piano trio performances in the history of recording. This is a recording that should be in everyone's collection.”

Gramophone: “The effect is liberating and, in these joyous, playful performances, utterly refreshing. The effect is of real chamber music – up close and very personal.”

MusicWeb International: “To my ears the Van Baerle Trio is amongst the top rank in terms of performance and recorded quality.”
Luister: “The second volume is also exceptionally good. With great mastery, the Van Baerle Trio balances perfectly on the border between symphonic grandeur and chamber music transparency.”

In drie jaar tijd kregen de jonge begenadigde musici van het Van Baerle trio het voor elkaar om vijf cd’s uit te brengen met alle pianotrio’s van Ludwig van Beethoven. De opnames en het spel van pianist Hannes Minnaar, violiste Maria Milstein en cellist Gideon den Herder werden de hemel in geprezen door pers en publiek. Terecht, het is zeldzaam zo volledig als dit trio op elkaar is ingespeeld, je hoort de ervaring en de bevlogenheid en hoe het drietal Beethoven doorgrond heeft. En nu, in 2020, is er dan een verzamelbox, met de vijf cd’s, die garant staat voor uren luisterplezier.

Het muziekblad Gramophone over de opnamen: "Het effect is bevrijdend en in deze vrolijke, speelse uitvoeringen, uiterst verfrissend. Het voelt als echte kamermuziek – dichtbij en heel persoonlijk."

Deze box, uitgebracht door Challenge Records, is een mooie hommage aan Beethovens 250ste geboortejaar en bevat een opmerkelijk en compleet overzicht van de pianotrio’s van de componist. Zoals de drie Pianotrio’s op. 1, de eerste composities die Beethoven belangrijk genoeg vond om er een opusnummer aan toe te kennen. Verder de twee grote Pianotrio’s op. 70 en het absolute meesterwerk Pianotrio op. 97, ook wel de 'Aartshertog' genoemd.

Naast de 'officiële' en originele werken heeft het Van Baerle Trio ook Beethovens transcripties van zijn eigen werken opgenomen: het Klarinettrio op. 11, de Trio arrangementen van het Septet op. 20 en van de Symfonie nr. 2. Maar ook enkele lichte gelegenheidsstukken als de Allegretto's in es en bes, en de Variaties op. 44 en op. 121a. Het meest ongewone werk in de box is het Tripelconcert, omdat de musici het zien als een echt 'uitgebreid' stuk kamermuziek.

Pianist Hannes Minnaar speelt op een bijzonder instrument, een Chris Maene Concert Grand, gebouwd in 2017. Hierin zijn de kennis en materialen van de moderne pianobouw gecombineerd met die van oudere, historische instrumenten. De klank van deze symbiose van oud en nieuw was een inspiratiebron bij het opnemen van Beethovens pianotrio's.

Hannes Minnaar, Maria Milstein en Gideon den Herder richtten het Van Baerle Trio in 2004 op. De naam van het trio is ontleend aan de straat waar hun muzikale wortels liggen: de Van Baerlestraat in Amsterdam. Daar ontmoetten ze 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.
Das junge Van Berle Trio, bestehend aus begnadeten Solisten - Hannes Minnaar am Klavier, Maria Milstein an der Violine und Gideon den Herder am Cello - haben zuletzt Beethovens Klaviertrios aufgenommen. Jetzt veröffentlicht Challenge ein Boxset, das die fünf CDs ihrer bemerkenswerten Studie einschließt. Es beinhaltet die drei jugendlichen Trios Op. 1, die zwei großen Trios Op. 70, sowie das absolute Meisterwerk Op. 97, das 'Erzherzog'-Trio.

Zusammen mich solch 'offiziellen' und originellen Werken findet man hier auch Beethovens Transkriptionen eigener Werke: das Klarinettentrio, Op. 11, die Trioarrangements des Septetts, Op. 20 und der Symphonie Nr. 2, sowie einige leichte Gelegenheitsstücke wie die Allegrettos in Es-Dur und B-Dur und die Variationen Op. 44 und Op. 121a. Das ungewöhnlichste Werk dieser Box ist das Tripelkonzert, denn die Musiker betrachten es als wahres Werk 'erweiterter' Kammermusik.

Fanfare: 'Ich glaube, dies ist eine der großen Triointerpretationen in der Geschichte der Tonaufnahme. Es ist eine Aufnahme, die in jede Sammlung gehört.'

Gramophone: 'Der Effekt ist befreiend und, in diesen freudigen, verspielten Interpretationen, äußerst erfrischend. Der Effekt ist der wahrhaftiger Kammermusik - ganz nah und sehr persönlich.'

MusicWeb International: 'In meinen Ohren zählt das Van Baerle Trio zu den besten was Interpretation und Aufnahmequalität angeht.'

Luister: 'Die zweite CD ist ebenfalls ausnehmend gut. Meisterhaft balanciert das Van Baerle Trio perfekt auf der Grenze zwischen symphonischer Pracht und kammermusikalischer Transparenz.'

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The Van Baerle Trio was founded in 2004 by pianist Hannes Minnaar, violinist Maria Milstein and cellist Gideon den Herder. The trio takes its name from the street where it all started: Van Baerle Street, Amsterdam. The three musicians met there whilst studying at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, a stone‘s throw from the Concertgebouw, which they now consider their musical home.

The Van Baerle Trio was formed under the guidance of Dmitri Ferschtman and received lessons from Ferenc Rados and Claus-Christian Schuster, among others. Their encounter with Menahem Pressler in 2008 was a huge inspiration to the three musicians, who subsequently played for him on several occasions.

After winning the 2011 Vriendenkrans Competition in the Concertgebouw and performing there on numerous occasions since, the Van Baerle Trio was promoted by the Concertgebouw as ECHO Rising Stars 2013/14, a tour which took the trio to major 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. 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, and winning the Kersjes Prize in 2012, the highest chamber music award in the Netherlands.

The Van Baerle Trio’s discography has featured a debut CD of works by Saint-Saëns, Loevendie and Ravel, which received an Edison Award in 2013. This was followed by an album dedicated to Mendelssohn’s piano trios, including the world premiere recording of the early version of his Piano Trio in D minor. This CD is the culmination of the Trio’s recordings of Beethoven’s complete works for piano trio, of which their previous volumes have already won high praise internationally.

Maria Milstein plays a violin by Michel Angelo Bergonzi and Gideon den Herder plays a cello by Giuseppe dall‘Aglio and a bow attributed to Dominique Peccatte, all kindly provided on loan by the Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation.

Eager to share their experience with the next generation of musicians, members of the trio have been teaching at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam since 2014.

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Press

It is true that these are three exceptional musicians. If Maria Milstein has a sensitive game [...], she also knows how to show dreadfully incisive [...] The warm cello of Gideonden Herder embraces us in the Adagio of Opus 11. Instinctive pianist Hannes Minnaar animates the discourse to strategic places by tiny text solicitations.
Classica, 31-5-2021

Including the arrangements of the Symphony No. 2 and the Septet, but also the Triple Concerto, the complete works patiently constructed by the Van Baerles is the most complete since the second of the Beaux Arts Trio (Philips).
Diapason, 01-5-2021

The Van Baerle Trio made that Beethoven journey from light to dark, from playful to serious.
Elsevier, 17-10-2020

The various individual CDs were already well received in Trouw, and it is nice to have collected them in a nice box.
Trouw, 21-8-2020

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Disc #1
01.
Piano Trio in E flat Major Op. 1, No. 1: Allegro
09:39
02.
Piano Trio in E flat Major Op. 1, No. 1: Adagio cantabile
06:57
03.
Piano Trio in E flat Major Op. 1, No. 1: Scherzo. Allegro assai
05:06
04.
Piano Trio in E flat Major Op. 1, No. 1: Finale. Presto
07:36
05.
Piano Trio in C Minor Op. 1, No. 3: Allegro con brio
09:51
06.
Piano Trio in C Minor Op. 1, No. 3: Andante cantabile con Variazioni
07:29
07.
Piano Trio in C Minor Op. 1, No. 3: Menuetto. Quasi Allegro
04:27
08.
Piano Trio in C Minor Op. 1, No. 3: Finale. Prestissimo
08:23
09.
Piano Trio in B flat Major Op. 11: Allegro con brio
08:58
10.
Piano Trio in B flat Major Op. 11: Adagio
04:45
11.
Piano Trio in B flat Major Op. 11: Thema : Pria ch'io l'impegno. Allegretto
06:37

Disc #2
01.
Piano Trio in G Major, Op. 1 No. 2: Adagio - Allegro vivace
11:37
02.
Piano Trio in G Major, Op. 1 No. 2: Largo con espressione
09:44
03.
Piano Trio in G Major, Op. 1 No. 2: Scherzo. Allegro
03:59
04.
Piano Trio in G Major, Op. 1 No. 2: Finale. Presto
07:51
05.
Piano Trio after the Symphony in D Major, Op. 36: Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
12:56
06.
Piano Trio after the Symphony in D Major, Op. 36: Larghetto
11:34
07.
Piano Trio after the Symphony in D Major, Op. 36: Scherzo. Allegro - Trio
04:41
08.
Piano Trio after the Symphony in D Major, Op. 36: Allegro molto
06:54
09.
Allegretto in E-flat Major, Hess 48
03:18

Disc #3
01.
Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70 No. 1: Allegro vivace e con brio
10:33
02.
Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70 No. 1: Largo assai ed espressivo
09:00
03.
Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70 No. 1: Presto
08:27
04.
Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 70 No. 2: Poco sostenuto – Allegro ma non troppo
10:33
05.
Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 70 No. 2: Allegretto
04:58
06.
Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 70 No. 2: Allegretto ma non troppo
09:00
07.
Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 70 No. 2: Finale. Allegro
07:50
08.
Variations in E-flat Major, Op. 44
12:00

Disc #4
01.
Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97 ‘Archduke’: Allegro moderato
21:30
02.
Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97 ‘Archduke’: Scherzo. Allegro
10:37
03.
Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97 ‘Archduke’: Andante cantabile, ma però con moto
11:01
04.
Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97 ‘Archduke’: Allegro moderato
07:11
05.
Allegretto in B-flat Major, WoO 39
05:26
06.
Allegretto in B-flat Major, WoO 39: Allegro moderato
04:34
07.
Allegretto in B-flat Major, WoO 39: Scherzo. Allegro ma non troppo
04:58
08.
Allegretto in B-flat Major, WoO 39: Rondo. Allegretto
05:12
09.
Variations on ‘Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu’, Op. 121a
16:48

Disc #5
01.
Concerto in C Major for Pianoforte, Violin, Violoncello and Orchestra, Op. 56 'Triple Concerto': Allegro
17:13
02.
Concerto in C Major for Pianoforte, Violin, Violoncello and Orchestra, Op. 56 'Triple Concerto': Largo
04:06
03.
Concerto in C Major for Pianoforte, Violin, Violoncello and Orchestra, Op. 56 'Triple Concerto': Rondo alla Polacca
13:12
04.
Piano Trio in E flat Major, Op. 38 after the Septet, Op. 20: Adagio – Allegro con brio
09:40
05.
Piano Trio in E flat Major, Op. 38 after the Septet, Op. 20: Adagio cantabile
07:31
06.
Piano Trio in E flat Major, Op. 38 after the Septet, Op. 20: Tempo di Menuetto
03:30
07.
Piano Trio in E flat Major, Op. 38 after the Septet, Op. 20: Andante con Variazioni
07:07
08.
Piano Trio in E flat Major, Op. 38 after the Septet, Op. 20: Scherzo. Allegro molto e vivace
03:48
09.
Piano Trio in E flat Major, Op. 38 after the Septet, Op. 20: Andante con moto alla Marcia – Presto
07:03
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