Gewandhausorchester ǀ Blomstedt – Beethoven 5 ǀ Triple Concerto | on Arte Concert
The Gewandhausorchester and its Conductor Laureate Herbert Blomstedt continue their Beethoven cycle with the composer’s most well-known symphony: the Fifth. With its ideal form, balance, and richness in melodic and harmonic invention, it is a classic of its genre. Its four famous first notes so poignantly engrave themselves in our collective ears that one can literally envision “Fate” knocking at the door.
The second piece of the evening is the lesser known and rarely performed Triple Concerto with three of the most renowned soloists of their generation: Isabelle Faust (violin), Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello), and Martin Helmchen (piano). As the Allgemeine Musikzeitung put it in 1808, this work confronts the musicians with “hardly conquerable and partly inefficient difficulties.” It might be the reason why this combination of a piano trio and a full orchestra remained a singularity in music history for over 100 years. With this performance, the Triple Concerto returns to the place where it was premiered almost 200 years ago, on February 18th in 1808: the Leipzig Gewandhaus.