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Cellist Raphael Wallfisch and violinist Sara Bitlloch join Donald Macleod to explore the way Beethoven's middle period began to anticipate his final creative phase.

This week cellist Raphael Wallfisch and violinist Sara Bitlloch join Donald Macleod to talk about Beethoven’s early chamber music from 1795 to 1811, including beloved works such as the ‘Razumovsky’ quartets, the ‘Kreutzer’ violin sonata, and the ‘Ghost’ and ‘Archduke’ piano trios.

Today they explore the way Beethoven’s chamber music of his Middle Period began to push towards and anticipate his final creative phase.

Beethoven’s composing career is generally divided into three phases: the Early Period, up to 1802; the compositions that make up his Middle Period, the years from 1803 to 1814; and lastly the extraordinary, ambitious works composed between then and his death.

Today we hear significant works from Beethoven’s oeuvre, including the “Serioso” String Quartet, his Third Cello Sonata, and his “Archduke” Piano Trio.

String Trio in C minor Op 9 No 3 (1st mvt)
The Leopold Trio

String Quartet in F minor (“Serioso”) Op 95 (1st and 4th mvts)
Belcea Quartet

Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major Op 69 (1st mvt)
Adrian Brendel, cello
Alfred Brendel, piano

Piano Trio in B flat ("Archduke") Op 97 (1st mvt)
Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch

Produced by Iain Chambers for BBC Wales

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Music Played

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Trio in C minor, Op 9 No 3 (1st movement)

    Ensemble: Leopold String Trio.
    • HYPERION : cda-672545.
    • HYPERION.
    • 9.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Quartet No 11 in F minor (Serioso), Op 95 (1st movement)

    Ensemble: Belcea Quartet.
    • ZIG ZAG TERRITOIRES : ZZT-315.
    • ZIG ZAG TERRITOIRES.
    • 1.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Cello Sonata No 3 in A major, Op 69 (1st movement)

    Performer: Adrian Brendel. Performer: Alfred Brendel.
    • Philips 475 379-2.
    • Philips.
    • 6.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Trio in B flat major (Archduke), Op 97 (1st movement)

    Ensemble: Beaux Arts Trio.
    • Philipps 4389482.
    • Philipps.
    • 6.

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