Triple Concerto for Violin, Violoncello and Piano, Op.56 (1824)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Arrangement: 1866-67 by Carl Reinecke (1824-1910)
Recorded 60 years after Beethoven’s death, this transcription of one of his best-known pieces (although not well received at first) became one of many of his works arranged for domestic use. Arranged by Carl Reinecke, a German composer and pianist, Triple Concerto for Violin, Violoncello and Piano, Op.56 receives high praise. According to Jonathan Woolf: “There are few textual deviations [from the original] and the most diverting feature is the clever and democratic distribution of tuttis between the three solo instruments … [though] the cello [still] bears the brunt of technical demands.”
This recording is a world premiere, performed by three colleagues on three different continents and edited in Cape Town. Frank Stadler, concertmaster of the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg for the last 20 years recorded at the home of the Mozarteum Orchestra, Orkesterhaus; Peter Martens, principal cello of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, recorded in Cape Town at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium; and pianist Bryan Wallick who teaches at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, recorded at the university.