- Piano Trio in D major ("Ghost"), Op. 70/1
- Piano Trio in E flat major, Op. 70/2
- Piano Trio in E flat major ("14 Variations on an Original Theme"), Op. 44
Are these the best recorded performances of Beethoven's two "Piano Trios, Op. 70"? Probably not. With superlative recordings out there from everyone from Cortot, Thibaud, and Casals to Kempff,Szeryng, and Fournier, it's unlikely that the Xyrion Trio of pianist Nina Tichman, violinist Ida Biehler, and cellist Maria Kliegel would take first place. Are these performances still worth listening to? Yes, absolutely. The Xyrion Trio is not only a polished and powerful ensemble, the musicians are entirely committed to each other and wholly dedicated to the music, and their performances have the kind of energy, insight, and dedication that the finest earlier players brought to the music. So, even with fond memories of earlier recordings, the Xyrion's performances are well worth hearing. The strength of the "D major Ghost Trio," the subtlety of the "E flat major Trio," and the nuances of the "Variations in E flat major" are as compelling in their way as the best recordings of the past, and anyone who loves the music will enjoy these performances. Naxos' sound, while clean and lucid, is a bit remote.