Utterly whimsical sleeve by Sandy Hoffman for Crossroads, a classical label known for its whimsical sleeves. It portrays the three members of the Suk Trio, with the namesake Josef Suk ready to catch the cellist, who is sliding down the piano. The record contains some fine performances of Beethoven’s early Op. 1, No. 3 Trio, along with the more mature Op. 70 Trio, nicknamed the “Ghost” for its eerie, dirge-like second movement in the dark key of D minor. And yet the artwork is the very essence of silliness.

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