Beethoven’s World: Concertos
The fifth and last album of “Beethoven’s World” with the Munich Radio Orchestra conducted by Reinhard Goebel presents interesting concertos and concert pieces for solo instruments by Beethoven himself and his contemporaries: From Beethoven’s Bonn period comes the first movement from the Violin Concerto, which survives only in fragments and was written before Beethoven’s only violin concerto. The fragment was completed into a first movement by violinist and composer Josef Hellmesberger in 1879. This movement was recorded by Sarah Christian as soloist.
Also of interest is the Concerto in C major for two violas and orchestra by Anton Wranitzky (1761–1820), who served as concertmaster of the early performances of Beethoven’s Eroica. Soloists in this concerto on the recording were Nils Mönkemeyer and Teresa Schwamm. This is followed by the world premiere recording Solo de Cor Alto in G major for horn and orchestra by Beethoven’s childhood friend Antonín Reicha (1770–1836) with Christoph Eß as soloist.
The Czech composer Jan Václav Voříšek (1791–1825), who moved to Vienna at the age of 22 and also met Beethoven there, wrote the delightful Grand Rondeau Concertant for piano, violin, violoncello and orchestra – here with Yaara Tal (piano), Sarah Christian (violin) and Stephan Koncz (violoncello) as soloists.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Concerto in C Major for Violin and Orchestra, WoO 5
Concerto in C Major for Two Violas and Orchestra
Solo de Cor Alto in G Major for Horn and Orchestra
Jan Václav Voříšek
Grand Rondeau Concertant for Piano, Violin, Cello and Orchestra, op. 25
Sarah Christian, violin
Nils Mönkemeyer, viola
Teresa Schwamm, viola
Christoph Eß, horn
Stephan Koncz, violoncello
Yaara Tal, piano
Munich Radio Orchestra
Reinhard Goebel, direction
1 CD, Sony Classical 9629792