Beethoven’s Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 1 starts with a bravura unison; a theme and variations follows, before a twinkle-toed closing rondo. His First Cello Sonata of 1797 is one of a pair written for Jean-Pierre Duport, first cellist at the Berlin court of King Friedrich Wilhelm II. Piano leads in its slow introduction, before an Allegro full of major-minor switches, and a rustic Rondo finale. Shchedrin’s Three Funny Pieces of 1997 begins with an awkward ‘Conversation’, then while ‘Let’s Plan an Opera by Rossini’ parodies recitative and aria, it’s ‘Humoreske’ that actually has the players sing. Brahms’s Third Piano Trio was possibly inspired by Goethe’s hero, Werther, whose love for a married woman – Brahms’s own fate – drives him to shoot himself. Its opening anguished two-note phrase appears to intone, ‘Clara’ (Schumann), and after a driven Scherzo and calmer Andante, its tense Finale ends with gunshot-esque abruptness.