Brahms & Beethoven: Piano Trios (2015)

Brahms, Beethoven

Charles West

Ludwig van Beethoven

Beethoven wrote his Trio in B-flat for Piano, Clarinet and Cello, Op. 11 in 1798, when he was twenty-eight years old, and published it that same year. Dedicated to the Countess Maria von Thun (a patroness and advocate of Gluck, Haydn and Mozart), the works first performance was in 1800 at a soirée given by the Count von Fries. This concert was a musical duel between Beethoven and another pianist, Daniel Steibelt. When Beethoven played his newly-composed Trio for Piano, Clarinet and Cello, Daniel Steibelt, unable to top the fluid virtuosity of the last movement, conceded that Beethoven had won the musical contest. The Trio was a critical success, as well. Following the publishing of the Trio, a critic for the Leipzig journal "Allegmeine Musikalische Zeitung" said: "This trio, which in places is not easy, but which flows more smoothly than some other works of its composer, makes a good ensemble effect with the accompaniment played on a fortepiano. This composer, with his uncommon understanding of harmony and his love of profound expression, would give us a great deal of value, leaving the insipid efforts of many a celebrated composer far behind, if he would only write always in a more natural than far-fetched manner," (page 133, cited in "Beethoven's Piano Trios and Piano Quartets" by Friedhelm Klugmann, from Ludwig van Beethoven, ed. Joseph Schmidt-Görg).

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Charles West

As a solo clarinetist, Charles West has performed throughout the United States and Mexico, and in Asia and South America. Among the orchestral principal positions he has held are the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, and he currently performs as principal in the Flagstaff Festival Symphony Orchestra and with the Virginia Opera. As a performer of contemporary music he has held positions with the University of Iowa Center for New Music and is now in Richmond Virginia's new music ensemble CURRENTS. West was the first president of the combined International Clarinet Society/ClariNetwork International and he performs frequently on this organization's international convention programs.

Charles West is currently Professor of Clarinet at Virginia Commonwealth University. Previous appointments have included the University of Arizona, New Mexico State University, and Grinnell College. He holds the Doctorate in Performance and is a Fulbright Scholar. Having studied at the University of Iowa with Himie Voxman and at the University of Northern Colorado with Loren Bartlett, he has done additional study with Leon Russianoff and Robert Marcellus. West has published many articles and a composition for band, he has performed for national and international conventions of composers, teachers and performers.

 

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Brahms & Beethoven: Piano Trios (2015)

Brahms, Beethoven

Charles West

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Mastering Engineer: Bruce Leek (Analog Recording) and Bruce Brown, Puget Sound Studios (Original Analog Master Tapes to DSD 64fs Transfer)
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Producer: Bruce Leek
Recording Engineer: David A. Wilson and Bruce Leek
Recording location: Maurice Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City, Utah (March 1995)
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Recording Type & Bit Rate: Analog to DSD64

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Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 114 - I. Allegro
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Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 114 - II. Adagio
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Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 114 - III. Andante grazioso
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Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 114 - IV. Allegro
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Piano Trio No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 11 - I. Allegro con brio
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Piano Trio No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 11 - II. Adagio
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Piano Trio No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 11 - III. Allegretto
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