Beethoven – Triple Concerto, Symphony No. 7: Mutter/Ma/Barenboim/West-Eastern Divan Orch (Vinyl 2LP)
Anne-Sophie Mutter, Yo-Yo Ma and Daniel Barenboim’s new album, Beethoven: Triple Concerto And Symphony No. 7, celebrates a triple anniversary – the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, the 20th birthday of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, and it will be released 40 years after the legendary Triple Concerto recording made by Anne-Sophie Mutter and Yo-Yo Ma under Herbert von Karajan.
Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, for violin, cello, piano and orchestra, features three of today’s most renowned classical artists and Beethoven interpreters – Anne-Sophie Mutter, Yo-Yo Ma and Daniel Barenboim. The Triple Concerto is the only concerto Beethoven composed for more than one solo instrument and the clearly delineated solo parts give the work a chamber-music feel. Beethoven composed his Triple Concerto while he was also working on the Eroica Symphony, the Waldstein and Appassionata piano sonatas and his opera Fidelio.
Beethoven: Triple Concerto And Symphony No. 7 was recorded at concerts held in Buenos Aires and Berlin – in July and October 2019 respectively – to mark the West-Eastern Divan’s 20th birthday. The orchestra, co-founded by Daniel Barenboim in 1999, now stands as a symbol of multicultural understanding, and is positive proof that working together for a shared goal can break down barriers and lead to reconciliation.
Both works recorded for the album reflect that life-affirming message. Beethoven considered his Seventh Symphony one of his best works. The symphony is famous for its joyful, dance-like character and was described by Wagner as “the apotheosis of the dance.” The Triple Concerto also has a special place in Beethoven’s output, revealing both his sense of humor and his revolutionary spirit. Yo-Yo Ma noted, “The constant invention is so surprising, and it’s so celebratory, so positive. The second movement is noble and open, but the first and last movements are just joyous!”
- Allegro [Live at Philharmonie, Berlin / 2019]
- Largo – Attacca [Live at Philharmonie, Berlin / 2019]
- Rondo Alla Polacca [Live at Philharmonie, Berlin / 2019]
- Poco Sostenuto – Vivace [Live at CCK, Buenos Aires / 2019]
- Allegretto [Live at CCK, Buenos Aires / 2019]
- Presto – Assai Meno Presto [Live at CCK, Buenos Aires / 2019]
- Allegro Con Brio [Live at CCK, Buenos Aires / 2019]