Sound and vision blog

16 May 2011

Recording of the week: One of the earliest chamber music recordings

Jonathan Summers, Classical Music Curator, writes:

ChambermusicRecorded more than 105 years ago, this recording of the Minuet and Trio from Beethoven's Piano Trio in C minor Op. 1 No. 3 is one of the earliest recordings of chamber music by a well known and highly regarded ensemble. The violinist, Achille Simonetti, was born in 1857 and during the 1910 season the group performed all of Beethoven's Piano Trios in London. This single sided ten inch disc, made by the Gramophone Company, has particularly good recorded sound for its age.

http://sounds.bl.uk/View.aspx?item=026M-9CS0011622XX-0100V0.xml

'Recording of the Week' highlights gems from the Archival Sound Recordings website, chosen by British Library experts or recommended by listeners.

Comments

It's wonderful that the BL has allowed us to hear this incredibly rare and ancient record, thank you so much and well done to all concerned! If anyone reading this has any other records by the London Trio (or London Instrumental Trio), of trio movements by Brahms, Mendelssohn or Schumann, you must let the BL know; these are seriously scarce and the excerpts have not all been positively identified!

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