The Wrocław Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Jarosław Thiel will be joined by superb virtuosos: Daniel Sepec, Roel Dieltiens and Andreas Staier to perform Beethoven’s Concerto in C major for violin, cello and piano op. 56.
The Concerto in C major op. 56 by Ludwig van Beethoven is a unique work, as it is a triple concerto. Composers very often use the concerto form to give a virtuoso an opportunity to show off their skills and talent. Beethoven created a work in which he entrusted solo parts to three players, and thus we can listen to virtuosic music, but also look at interesting dialogues between soloists and between soloists and orchestra. The composer treated the music as a conversation, and at the same time wanted to create a work whose performance and listening would give people joy. The Triple Concerto in C major op. 56 was written for Prince Franz Joseph Lobkowitz, who was a great music lover, talented pianist, and also student of Beethoven.
Beethoven’s work on Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major op. 55 ‘Eroica’ took place in completely different circumstances. The ‘heroic symphony’ was to be dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte, whom Beethoven admired, but the French leader did not finally get this honour. The composer went furious when he learned that Bonaparte had crowned himself Emperor of the French. Beethoven radically changed his mind about Napoleon – from then on he was deeply disappointed with his behaviour and vanity. Despite the bitterness, he created a trailbalzing work. Symphony No. 3 in E major op. 55 contains many musical novelties. ‘Eroica’ impresses with its monumentality – both in terms of the size of the composition as well as the volume of the sound. The trend initiated by Beethoven became an inspiration for other composers. The use of the funeral march in the second movement of the symphony had been unheard of until then. Beethoven introduced an innovation in the form of non-musical references – the composer's support for libertarian values is expressed through the figure of the mythical Prometheus.