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March, 2013

Ludwig Van Beethoven Triple Concerto, op. 56; Trio, op. 1, no. 1

Claremont Trio; San Francisco Ballet Orchestra / Martin West

Bridge (dist. Albany) 9395

Rick's Pick

This is a thoroughly delightful recording of two of Beethoven's most beloved works, the Triple Concerto and the E-flat major Trio for violin, cello, and piano.  The orchestral work is played with warmth and vigor, and the chamber piece absolutely sparkles, teh coruscating lines in the Presto section delivered by pianist Andrea Lam with an almost laughing virtuosity.  This is the first recording I've encountered by the Claremont Trio, and I'm very impressed; the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra is excellent as well.