Ludwig van Beethoven – Triple Concerto Op.56 Isaac Stern – Beethoven, Triple Concerto For Piano, Violin, Cello & Orchestra Op.56

Ludwig Van Beethoven [ 1770 – 1827 ],
Concerto For Piano, Violin, Cello & Orchestra
In C Major Op.56 ‘Thriple Concerto’I. Allegro
II. Largo – attacca
III. Rondo Alla Polacca 

Violin ; Isaac Stern [ 1920 – 2001 ]
Piano ; Emanuel Ax [ 1949 – ]
Cello ; Yo-Yo Ma [ 1955 – ]
Conducted By ; Michael Stern
London Symphony Orchestra
Narrated By ; Gregory Peck

From Album [ 1992, Sony Classical LD ]
Isaac Stern A Biography In Music
Live At Royal Festival Hall

 
 Ludwig van Beethoven‘s Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C major, Op. 56, more commonly known as the Triple Concerto, was composed in 1803 and later published in 1804 under Breitkopf & Härtel. The choice of the three solo instruments effectively makes this a concerto for piano trio and the only concerto Beethoven ever wrote for more than one solo instrument. 

Beethoven’s early biographer Anton Schindler claimed that the Triple Concerto was written for Beethoven’s royal pupil, the Archduke Rudolf (Rudolf von Habsburg-Lothringen).[citation needed] The Archduke, who became an accomplished pianist and composer under Beethoven’s tutelage, was only in his mid-teens at this time, and it seems plausible that Beethoven’s strategy was to create a showy but relatively easy piano part that would be backed up by two more mature and skilled soloists. However, there is no record of Rudolf ever performing the work—it was not publicly premiered until 1808, at the summer “Augarten” concerts in Vienna—and when it came to be published, the concerto bore a dedication to a different patron: Prince Lobkowitz (Franz Joseph Maximilian Fürst von Lobkowitz.

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