Britten, Menuhin, Gendron live at Aldeburgh: Beethoven - Piano Trio in D

Britten, Menuhin and Gendron perform Beethoven's ghostly piano trio in D and Mozart's K564 live at Aldeburgh

Composer:   Various
Repertoire:  Piano Trio in D 'Ghost' (Beethoven), Piano Trio K564 (Mozart)
Artists: Benjamin Britten (piano), Yehudi Menuhin (violin), Maurice Gendron (cello)
Rating: 4/5
Genre: Instrumental
Label: BBC BBCL 4134-2

Recorded live at the Aldeburgh Festival in 1963, this concert feels just as vivid 40 years later. It’s a meeting of minds, each performer displaying a strong individual personality – Britten smooth and intent, Menuhin soaring above with intonation that doesn’t always work and Gendron an extrovert and eloquent cellist. It’s rather like listening to actors in a play arguing out the most ingenious of scenarios.