Although the trios of Beethoven's time mostly consisted of "light" music for the courts, his works in the genre make considerable demands on players and listeners. Beethoven probes the limits of compositional technique, robbing the genre of its divertimento-like quality. The Jacques Thibaud Trio has won first prizes at chamber music competitions in Italy and Germany; they deserve special regard in that they perform chamber music by heart. Here they apply their considerable talents to the three op. 9 trios.
"There is no shortage of great recordings of these works, both by dedicated string trios and by superstar pickup groups, but the Jacques Thibaud Trio of Berlin strives for something of a higher magnitude. Signaled by violinist Burkhard Maiss' magnificent sweep into the Allegro of No. 1, the Trio's awesome musical equipment … whether it's the use of startlingly wide dynamic contrasts to set off sections later in the same movement, or the rhetorical breadth of the slow movement of No. 2 (as just a few examples), shows signs of a commitment to explore rarely heard dimensions of the music's power and reach."—Strings
"They are very enjoyable pieces, and the Thibauds sound like they are enjoying themselves."—American Record Guide