About the film
Beethoven - Choral Fantasy and Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano
Release Date: February 11, 2003
|Production Companies||:||EMI Records Ltd., Brilliant Media Gmbh|
The music is not Beethoven's most familiar, but it is absolutely charming. The concerto is appealing in its melodic material and the intricate interactions among the soloists and orchestra. The Choral Fantasy features a long piano solo that Beethoven wrote for himself, plus a choral melody that sounds like a preliminary sketch for the last movement of his Ninth Symphony. Both works pose unusual balance challenges, to which Barenboim and the recording engineers rise impressively.