294 Triple Concerto

Another Beethoven re-entry. This is the 2nd of 18 appearances from him.

The very name Triple Concerto is slightly misleading here. At first glance, you might expect a three-for-the-price-of-one concerto experience, with the violin, cello and piano all happily co-existing as genuine soloists. But what Beethoven gives us is something slightly different.

In many ways, it’s an odd work: there's very little conversation between the instruments and the orchestra, with nearly everything of interest being played by the soloists.

Composed in 1803, the Triple Concerto remained unperformed for five years, until its outing at a summer music festival in Vienna in 1808.

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