Two of the three works heard on this recording – the “Archduke” Trio, Op. 97 (1811) and An die ferne Geliebte (“To the distant beloved”), Op. 98 (1816) – were composed during a five-year period that straddles Beethoven’s tumultuous and prolific “middle period” (1803–14) and his increasingly introspective “late period” (1814–25). The third work also involves Beethoven’s passionate outpouring during this period, but of another kind. The chamber art song cycle Briefe an die unsterbliche Geliebte (2012), by Canadian composer James K. Wright, was inspired by three passionate love letters written by Beethoven during the summer of 1812, when he was tending to his health in the Bohemian spa town of Teplitz.
© James Wright 2018