Variations on an Original Theme Opus 36 (9) Edward Elgar Download 'Variations on an Original Theme Opus 36 (9)' on iTunes
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One of today's top cellists Sol Gabetta here teams up with the celebrated violinist Giuliano Carmignola and pianist Dejan Lazić, to create a formidably talented ensemble for this new all-Beethoven recording.
The centrepiece of the album is Beethoven's Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C Major. In reality it's more of a chamber work for piano trio. Indeed one wonders why he provided an orchestral accompaniment at all. It's also the only concerto Beethoven ever completed for more than one solo instrument.
The finest performances of the work are always those where ego is removed, allowing the music to become the star and that's certainly the case here, despite having three A-list soloists all in the spotlight.
On this recording the trio are given superb support by the critically-acclaimed Kammerorchester Basel under conductor Giovanni Antonini. They also shine alone on a number of Beethoven’s most well-known overtures: the famous Coriolan, The Creatures of Prometheus and the Egmont.