Zimmermann Trio is the CD of the Month for June 2014

  Ludwig van Beethoven

  • String Trios Op. 3 and Op. 8

Performed by the Trio Zimmermann

The players are: Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin; Antoine Tamestit, Viola; and Christian Poltera, Cello


The CD for the month for June 2014 is a brand new recording that was issued on May 27th, 2014.

Beethoven had to begin somewhere, before he achieved the astounding success he had as a composer. While the string Trio Op. 3 and the Serenade Op. 8, were preparations for greater works to follow, both works are in fact exceptional examples of the chamber music form.

The adventurous spirit of the young Beethoven is easy to hear, in which he gives each instrument an equal importance and a highly individual treatment. This is music, which needs a first-class chamber ensemble made up of three soloists in order to be fully realized, and with the Trio Zimmermann that is exactly what we can hear.

I was unable to locate videos of the Zimmermann Trio performing these works, because the CD is so new. As an alternative, here is the Ludwig van Beethoven string Trio op. 3 in E-Flat — Allegro con brio — Performed by the Trio Italiano d’Archi: The players are: Franco Gulli – violino Bruno Giuranna – viola Giacinto Caramia – violoncello  


And next, here is the Jerusalem String Trio performing Beethoven’s Serenade Op. 8: