Borodin Trio

Beethoven: Complete Piano Trios

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Ludwig van Beethoven is sometimes classified as a late Classical period composer, and sometimes as an early Romantic, and in the 1984 recordings of his complete piano trios, the Borodin Trio comes down strongly on the side of Romanticism. With their lush collective sound, robust ensemble, and powerfully expressive interpretations, the Borodin Trio makes Beethoven's piano trios sound like they are contemporary with Brahms'. Some listeners may find that these red-blooded performances are just the thing to bring these works to life, but others may find them too forceful, too strenuous, and much too overtly emotional. The former group is encouraged to try this set, recorded in bold, brash early digital sound. Those in the latter group are encouraged to seek out the more restrained but perhaps more persuasive readings by Henryk Szeryng, Pierre Fournier, and Wilhelm Kempff, recorded in smooth, clear stereo.

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