After a short walk-run this morning, followed by a short bike ride, then lunch (and a very short but pleasant snooze), I started looking for a classical music video. None of YouTube’s suggestions sparked my imagination, so I went over to the always-reliable Deutsche Grammophon channel, where I was pleased to find today’s selection.
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) composed the Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C Major, Opus 56, popularly known as the Triple Concerto, in 1803. It was published in 1804 but not premiered in public until 1808 where it was played at a summer concert in Vienna, Austria.
Today, I’m featuring the second movement (Largo – attacca). Three classical music greats — Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin), Yo-Yo Ma (cello) and Daniel Barenboim (piano and conductor) — perform it with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra at the Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany, in 2019. DG released their recording the following year to mark two anniversaries: the 250th of Beethoven’s birth and the orchestra’s 20th.
It’s a beautiful piece of music, slow and lyrical, with a magnificent interplay among the three soloists. Cellist Ma says of the concerto, “It’s so celebratory, so positive.”
Now you know a little about why this is my Song of the Day for Today, on Classical Sunday. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s the video of the performance by Mutter, Ma and Barenboim from the official Deutsche Gammophone YouTube channel: