Beethoven’s Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, Cello and Orchestra occupies a unique place in the composer’s output, as well as in the rest of music history. Until then, no composer had ever written a concerto for three soloists.
Beethoven’s biggest challenge with this work was to achieve the perfect balance between the three soloists and the orchestra. There was a risk that the piano, being the largest instrument, would dominate the ensemble, and the cello, being the most serious, would suffer the risk of not being heard.
Beethoven finds the solution by giving the piano the most delicate part and giving the cello the leading role by using its powerful upper register and introducing new musical themes along with the violin.
The result is a concert that combines the subtle melodic textures of chamber music and the full orchestral force of the great symphony concert. An incomparable work that demands a virtuoso solo trio, comprehensible and generous in their dialogue with each other and with the orchestra.