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Daniel Barenboim – Beethoven: The Piano Trios (2/2)

Daniel Barenboim founded his trio with his son Michael Barenboim and the cellist Kian Soltani in 2016. The ensemble made its debut that same year at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and in the 2017–18 season first performed Beethoven’s complete piano trios at the Pierre Boulez Saal Berlin, combined with contemporary works. In the same hall, the Daniel Barenboim Trio recorded these two concerts performing the seven piano trios, just right before the Covid-19 pandemic in December 2019.

Throughout his life, Beethoven amused himself (and supplemented his income) by composing variations on popular tunes of the day, from patriotic tub-thumpers like “Rule Britannia” to operatic arias by Mozart and Salieri and an unpretentious waltz by Anton Diabelli. In 1816, he offered the Leipzig publisher Breitkopf & Hartel first dibs on a set of variations for piano trio on the song “Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu” (I am the tailor Kakadu), which he disarmingly described as “one of my earlier compositions, though it is not among the reprehensible ones.” Precisely when Beethoven wrote this charming jeu d’esprit is unknown, but its origins may go back two decades or more.

Variations on “Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu” for Piano Trio in G major, Op. 121a

Introduzione. Adagio assai –
Thema. Allegretto –
Variations I-VIII –
Variation IX. Adagio espressivo –
Variation X. Presto

Piano Trio in E flat major, Op. 70/2

I. Poco sostenuto – Allegro ma non troppo
II. Allegretto
III. Allegretto ma non troppo
IV. Finale. Allegro

Piano Trio in B flat major, Op. 97 “Archduke”

I. Allegro moderato
II. Scherzo. Allegro
III. Andante cantabile ma però con moto – Poco più adagio – Tempo I –
IV. Allegro moderato – Presto


Daniel Barenboim, Piano
Michael Barenboim, Violin
Kian Soltani, Cello

Frédéric Delesques, Video Director