Inside Eroica

Medium: Audio CD
Date: 2020
Label: Avi-Service for Music
A Co-Production with Deutschland Funk Kultur


We are proud to present our third album INSIDE EROICA, with which we present our very personal contribution to the Beethoven Year 2020. The rarely performed arrangement of the Eroica for piano quartet allows immediate access to the symphony. With the commission for the Canadian composer Gordon Williamson, we present a contemporary perspective on the old master.

Gordon Williamson (*1974)
1. Couverture | World Premiere Recording

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Symphony No. 3 op. 55, in an arrangement by Ferdinand Ries for piano quartet
2. I. Allegro con brio
3. II. Marcia funebre – Adagio assai
4. III. Menuett Scherzo – Allego vivace
5. IV. Finale. Allegro Molto – Poco andante – Presto

Gordon Williamson (*1974)
6. Encore | World Premiere Recording

“(…) Preference is given to tonal-aesthetic aerodynamics, so that the Marcia funebre sounds like an adult farewell and the transition to the directly following Adagio is not brusque but smooth. The scherzo becomes a nimble dialogue of piano and strings and the finale rallies enthusiastically in flush power.”

Hans-Dieter Grünefeld, Music & Theatre Magazine

“(…) the Flex Ensemble wants to connect tradition and innovation. And it does so with passion: the strings blast along with the grand piano, which in return whispers along with the violins and cello in the ‘Marcia funebre’. Piece and musicians make Inside Eroica one of the more beautiful finds of the Beethoven year.”

Joost Galema, NRC

“The result casts a spell: what a wide spectrum of sound the four instrumentalists create here is astounding, with foreground and background, vivid and misty figures, broad expanse and slender line. All this in multiple tonal gradations. There are even symphonic sparks in the dramatic climaxes.”

Eckhard Weber, Concerti


The album is now available on all major download and streaming platforms as well as in music shops as a CD. Those who buy the CD directly from us will also receive a personal note. Simply send an email to