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An All-Star Piano Trio

By giving the stringed instruments the status of genuinely equal partners with the piano, it was Beethoven who gave the piano trio the form it was to retain throughout the 19th century. This album presents the composer's last two works in the genre, Op.70 No.2 dedicated to Countess Marie Erdödy, and the celebrated 'Archduke' trio, which marked the final public appearance of its composer. All three eminent Beethovenians, violinist Isabelle Faust, Cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras and pianist Alexander Melnikov join forces here in performances that set a new standard.

At the 2010 Gramophone Awards, violinist Isabelle Faust and pianist Alexander Melnikov were praised for "a searching and very poetic collection of Beethoven's sonatas" upon winning the chamber music category. The Guardian wrote, "[they] are ideal partners, wrestling with the musical dialogue with poise, imagination and freshness."