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Beethoven's Triple Concerto was composed during one of the composer’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. Here, 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 performed far less frequently than its neighbouring works, but Herbert Blomstedt gives it an affectionate characterisation: it is like a mountain “that affords wonderful views”.

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