In this concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert Blomstedt conducts two works that are undoubtedly underrated: Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and Anton Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony. The Triple Concerto was composed during one of Beethoven’s most exciting creative phases when he was finding his way towards his characteristic “heroic style”. A gloriously progressive work, but one which is not regularly performed, due to its unusual combination of soloists.
In this recording, Beethoven’s Triple Concerto gives us the opportunity to make the acquaintance of two musicians from the ranks of the orchestra in the role of soloists: 1st concertmaster Daniel Stabrawa and 1st principal cellist Ludwig Quandt. Our third soloist is the young pianist Martin Helmchen, who made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker this evening.
Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony is also far less performed than its neighbouring works, the Fourth, Fifth and Seventh. At this guest appearance, Herbert Blomstedt characterised the Symphony with loving respect. It is like a mountain, ”that offers wonderful views”. Just how Blomstedt’s interpretation showed the qualities of the work to their best advantage is exemplified by the review from the Tagesspiegel: “With consummate ease, he generates tension, ensuring that it does not let up for a second. And the Philharmoniker follow him spellbound, surrendering themselves to this smouldering music, with splendid brass and a string sound of truly intoxicating intensity.”