Beethoven Songs & Chamber Music
John Barker (baritone), Helen Cawthorne (piano), Hilary Jane Parker (violin) and Alexandra Mackenzie (cello) perform the impassioned ‘Adelaide’, the Piano Trio Op. 1, No. 1, ‘An die ferne Geliebte’ (‘To the distant beloved’).
The remainder of the recital is given over to a selection of charming and affecting Welsh folk-song melodies arranged for voice and piano trio. These are among the large number of folk tunes from the across the British Isles for which the enterprising Edinburgh publisher George Thomson commissioned arrangements from Beethoven, most notably, among other leading continental composers.