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ZOOMING IN ON BEETHOVEN

Trio con Brio Copenhagen is marking its 20th anniversary by recording the complete Beethoven piano trios. Andrew Mellor attends a session for the group’s third volume, including the monumental ‘Archduke’
NIKOLAJ LUND

‘WE’RE TRYING TO TOY AROUND WITH THE TIMING, DELAYING OR PUSHING FORWARDS SLIGHTLY, SO THERE IS AN ELEMENT OF SURPRISE’ – JENS ELVEKJAER

There were two languages being spoken at this recording session in Copenhagen: Danish and German. There could have been a third if the sisters, violinist Soo-Jin and cellist Soo-Kyung Hong, had chosen to communicate in Korean. Trio con Brio Copenhagen embodies those three distinctive yet complementary traditions: the wave of rigorously trained instrumental talent to have emerged from the Far East, the blossoming of the Nordic classical music scene into a 21st-century powerhouse, and the deep-rooted musical tradition of central Europe.

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