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Superb production which will command your attention,
This review is from: Beethoven: Triple Concerto (Audio CD)
Von Karajan and the Berliner Philharmonic demonstrate the role of the orchestra in this piece; while the three soloists feed and infect one another with the emotions and the melodies, the personality and dynamism of the orchestra is essential to drive and sustain the work, to give it the body in which the passions and emotions can thrive. In some recordings of the work the orchestra can sound flaccid, almost apologetic. The Berliner and von Karajan have never apologised for anything.
Beethoven's Triple Concerto for violin, cello and piano was written in 1804, after his deafness had plunged him into the depths of depression and at a time when he had begun to rediscover both his confidence and his desire to express himself. It is a work which will tug at your emotions on many levels. A gentler piece of music than the symphonies, it has no less depth and power. The balance and contrast of the three solo instruments demands concentrated listening.
The three soloists - Anne-Sophie Mutter, Mark Zeltser, and Yo Yo Ma - play with passion, authority, and balance. There are joyful, as well as bleak, qualities to the Triple, qualities which orchestra and soloists bring to the fore. From the first note you are riveted. It is the sense of authority, the sense of confidence in the blend between soloists and orchestra which is most striking. This is an invigorating recording, one which commands your ear and invites you to listen and feel the emotion.
The choice of three Beethoven overtures - Egmont, Corialan, and Fidelio - is interesting, and these are renditions which are well worth hearing. However, while this is a superb CD, there are other recordings of the Triple which use the 'Choral Fantasia' in the second half, and I feel this does give the offering extra passion and gravitas. But a superb recording, nevertheless, and one which most Beethoven enthusiasts should welcome to their collection.