CD RELEASE - Composing Beethoven


For the Beethoven Year 2020, the CD "Composing Beethoven" will be released on 17 April on the avi-music label in cooperation with SWR.

Time and again, composers of all epochs have arranged and reworked both their own and other composers' works - sometimes these are simple arrangements for practical sales reasons, but often they are evidence of creative reflection, an interpretive examination of other composers' or their own works. In his famous Gassenhauertrio op. 11, the young Beethoven pulls out all the stops to demonstrate the variety that can be extracted from such a model by means of an almost primitive, but in any case catchy opera melody, and does not lack humour in the process.

Later, he reworked his famous, masterly Septet op. 20 into a new work in trio formation, his Trio op.38.

The renowned composer and university professor Johannes Schöllhorn deals with great predecessors in a similarly creative, very contemporary way with his "transcompositions". For Composing Beethoven! he has transformed the late piano Bagatelles op.119 into an idiosyncratic trio version that sheds new light on the well-known compositions.

Kilian Herold (clarinettist and professor at the Freiburg Musikhochschule), Peter-Philipp Staemmler (principal cellist of the HR Symphony Orchestra and the Armida Quartet) and Hansjacob Staemmler (pianist and lecturer at the Freiburg and Frankfurt Musikhochschulen) are a trio of internationally renowned chamber musicians who have won prestigious awards.