Session report: zooming in on Beethoven

trio con brio

Trio con Brio Copenhagen is marking its 20th anniversary by recording the complete Beethoven piano trios. Andrew Mellor attends a session for the group’s third volume, including the monumental ‘Archduke’

There were two languages being spoken at this recording session in Copenhagen: Danish and German. There could have been a third if the sisters, violinist Soo-Jin and cellist Soo-Kyung Hong, had chosen to communicate in Korean. Trio con Brio Copenhagen embodies those three distinctive yet complementary traditions: the wave of rigorously trained instrumental talent to have emerged from the Far East, the blossoming of the Nordic classical music scene into a 21st-century powerhouse, and the deep-rooted musical tradition of central Europe. How much does the last of those shape the group’s series of Beethoven piano trios recorded for Orchid Classics?

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