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String Trio Op. 3 & Serenade Op. 8

Ssens Trio

String Trio Op. 3 & Serenade Op. 8

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Label: Lawo Classics
UPC: 7090020181349
Catnr: LWC 1122
Release date: 02 June 2017
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Label
Lawo Classics
UPC
7090020181349
Catalogue number
LWC 1122
Release date
02 June 2017
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Over a few short years of the 1790s, Beethoven devoted special attention to a genre to which he would not return later in his life: the string trio. Five large-scale compositions would be the result. The first two, which are the subject of this recording, had likely been committed to paper by the time Beethoven travelled to Vienna to study with Haydn. Their formal aspects alone seem to link them to the suite form of the Baroque more closely than the last three (op. 9), in which Beethoven cultivated the classical sonata form, albeit somewhat removed from the essentially entertaining “serenade style” (the Notturno) refined by Mozart.
In einer kurzen Zeitspanne der 1790er Jahre widmete Beethoven sein besonderes Augenmerk einem Genre, welches später nicht in sein Leben zurückkehren sollte: dem String-Trio. Fünf großräumige Kompositionen waren das Ergebnis. Die ersten beiden, die Gegenstand dieser Aufzeichnung sind, waren bereits zu Papier gebracht als Beethoven nach Wien reiste um mit Haydn zu studieren. Ihre formalen Aspekte sind der Suite des Barocks näher als die letzten drei (op. 9) in denen Beethoven die klassische Sonatenform kultivierte.

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Ssens Trio

SSENS TRIO Sølve Sigerland, violin Henninge Landaas, viola Ellen Margrete Flesjø, cello   Ssens Trio (pronounced ‘Essence’) was established in 2014 by three musicians with a wealth of experience in the inter­national music scene.   The trio has appeared in concert with Geir Inge Lotsberg, Eivind Ringstad, Håvard Gimse and Leif Ove Andsnes, among others.   Their first CD, Beethoven: String Trios Op. 3 & 8 (LAWO Classics), received Pizzicato Magazine’s “Supersonic Award” and a prestigious ICMA Awards nomina­tion in 2018.   Fanfare Magazine wrote: “With abso­lutely no hesitation I will say that it goes right to the top of my Beethoven String Trios list.” (Jerry Dubins). And the follow­ing from a review in Pizzicato Magazine under the heading ‘Beethoven With A Communicative Joy of Music Making’:...
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SSENS TRIO Sølve Sigerland, violin Henninge Landaas, viola Ellen Margrete Flesjø, cello Ssens Trio (pronounced ‘Essence’) was established in 2014 by three musicians with a wealth of experience in the inter­national music scene.
The trio has appeared in concert with Geir Inge Lotsberg, Eivind Ringstad, Håvard Gimse and Leif Ove Andsnes, among others.
Their first CD, Beethoven: String Trios Op. 3 & 8 (LAWO Classics), received Pizzicato Magazine’s “Supersonic Award” and a prestigious ICMA Awards nomina­tion in 2018.
Fanfare Magazine wrote: “With abso­lutely no hesitation I will say that it goes right to the top of my Beethoven String Trios list.” (Jerry Dubins). And the follow­ing from a review in Pizzicato Magazine under the heading ‘Beethoven With A Communicative Joy of Music Making’: “Their performance is brimming with the joy of playing together. An outstand­ing ‘trialogue’, with each performer fully sensing the other. Through this interactive music making, which in the Adagio and Minuet movements invokes a remarkably intimate mood, Beethoven’s works gain in depth and sensuousness. And when one combines the sensitive playing with a wonderfully eloquent virtuosity, the way is clear for pure listening pleasure.” (Alain Steffen).
In 2019 Ssens Trio released a CD on the LAWO Classics label with music of W. A. Mozart.
This recording received glowing reviews in Classica (France), Fanfare Magazine and Pizzicato Magazine, among others, and it was nominated for the Opus Klas­sik Award in Germany and the ICMA (International Classical Music Awards) in 2020.

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Henninge Landaas (viola)

Henninge Landaas is violist in Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. She was a member of the internationally renowned Vertavo String Quartet, with which she per­formed in concert halls the world over. The ensemble’s critically acclaimed recordings include works by Carl Nielsen, Brahms, Bartok, Grieg and Debussy, among others. With the quartet she shared the Norwegian Music Critics’ Prize, Spellemannprisen (Norwegian Grammy), and the prestigious French award, Diapason d’Or. Henninge Landaas has released a number of CDs on the LAWO Classics label, among them, “Johannes Brahms: Sonatas for Viola & Piano, Op. 120” (LWC1027) and “The Golden Hindemith” (LWC1005). Landaas is cur­rently a member of the string trio Ssens Trio. She plays a G. B. Guadagnini viola on loan from Dextra Musica.
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Henninge Landaas is violist in Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. She was a member of the internationally renowned Vertavo String Quartet, with which she per­formed in concert halls the world over. The ensemble’s critically acclaimed recordings include works by Carl Nielsen, Brahms, Bartok, Grieg and Debussy, among others. With the quartet she shared the Norwegian Music Critics’ Prize, Spellemannprisen (Norwegian Grammy), and the prestigious French award, Diapason d’Or. Henninge Landaas has released a number of CDs on the LAWO Classics label, among them, “Johannes Brahms: Sonatas for Viola & Piano, Op. 120” (LWC1027) and “The Golden Hindemith” (LWC1005). Landaas is cur­rently a member of the string trio Ssens Trio. She plays a G. B. Guadagnini viola on loan from Dextra Musica.

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include nine symphonies, five piano concertos, one violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his great Mass the Missa solemnis, and one opera, Fidelio. Together with Mozart and Haydn, he was part of the First Viennese School.    Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire, Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and by composer and conductor Christian Gottlob...
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Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include nine symphonies, five piano concertos, one violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his great Mass the Missa solemnis, and one opera, Fidelio. Together with Mozart and Haydn, he was part of the First Viennese School. Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire, Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and by composer and conductor Christian Gottlob Neefe. At the age of 21 he moved to Vienna, where he began studying composition with Joseph Haydn, and gained a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. He lived in Vienna until his death. By his late 20s his hearing began to deteriorate, and by the last decade of his life he was almost totally deaf. In 1811 he gave up conducting and performing in public but continued to compose; many of his most admired works come from these last 15 years of his life.

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