artistry beyond the notes…

Beethoven CD Recording

‘The playing is splendid, with a nice early 19th century feel…an approach which is both serious and enjoyable’ (Sir Roger Norrington on our CD Beethoven and the Art of Arrangement)

FIVE STARS for Performance!! FIVE STARS for Recorded Sound!! in Early Music Review

‘Terrific: the style and energy, not to mention the subtlety and imagination, are top-drawer” (Edward Higginbottom)

Ensemble DeNOTE’s new Beethoven Album was recorded in March 2014 at St. Martin’s, East Woodhay. The CD was released on OMNIBUS Classics in May 2015.


The repertoire comprises two little-known arrangements by Beethoven himself – the Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op.38 (arranged in 1802 from his popular Septet, Op.20 of 1799/1800) and the Piano Quartet, Op.16 (an alternative version of the Piano and Winds Quintet, Op.16 – rarely performed in the version with strings, although the first edition of 1802 provides playing parts for both winds and strings interchangeably). So far as we know, this is the first time these arrangements have been paired together on a period instrument recording.

‘fabulously, the trio were willing to play to Beethoven’s prescribed tempo in the final movement (presto). Suddenly we were in a heightened world far away from the usual’ Early Music Performer

Listen to excerpts from the CD

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