Stirring, powerful, galvanic – Ludwig van Beethoven

The largo of Op. 56 is very moving. © Charles Thibo
The largo of the triple concerto is very moving.
© Charles Thibo

Triple concerti are the exception, certainly not the rule in musical literature. And it takes a composer like Beethoven to find the perfect balance between the orchestra and the soloists: piano, violin and cello. In 1803/04, Ludwig van Beethoven composed one of the most fascinating pieces I know: The Triple Concerto in C major, Op. 56. It is written in three movements. The first movement is disproportionately long (17 minutes), the second last only 5 minutes while the final movement stretches over 13 minutes. It has been recorded by the Trio Wanderer and the Gürzenich-Orchester Kölner Philharmoniker led by James Conlon.

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