Beethoven and the art of arrangement: Ensemble DeNOTE

Beethoven and the art of arrangement
Ensemble DeNOTE
Omnibus Classics CC5007. 69’07

Grand Trio, Op.38 (after the Septet, Op.20); Piano Quartet, Op.16 (after the Quintet for Piano and Winds)

Whether it was a commercial or a musical project, Beethoven’s own arrangements of his works for a smaller number of different instruments form a fascinating insight into the complex musical world of the late 18th and early 19th century. The two works represented on this CD reduce the Op.20 Septet for clarinet, horn, bassoon, violin, viola, cello and double bass to a Grand Trio for piano, clarinet and cello; and the Op.16 Quintet for piano, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn to a Quartet for piano, violin, viola and cello. Continue reading