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Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos

Beethoven for Three - Symph No. 4, Op. 97 Archduke

Sony Classical
Release Date: March 15, 2024

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1 Symphony No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 60 / I. Adagio - Allegro vivace  
2 II. Adagio  
3 III. Allegro vivace  
4 IV. Allegro ma non troppo  
5 Piano Trio No. 7 in B-Flat Major, Op. 97, ‘Archduke’ / I. Allegro moderato  
6 II. Scherzo. Allegro  
7 III. Andante cantabile, ma però con moto  
8 IV. Allegro moderato  
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Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos, and Yo-Yo Ma release the latest in their Beethoven for Three series, Symphony No. 4 and Op. 97, “Archduke," on Sony Classical — available everywhere now. Accompanying today’s release is a new video of the trio performing one of the most widely loved works in classical music, the first movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 — watch here.  

Like the artists' two previous Beethoven for Three releases, this new recording challenges the traditional distinction between chamber and orchestral repertoire, pairing the unforgettable "Archduke" trio with one of the composer's most internally varied symphonies, thoughtfully re-arranged for piano, violin, and cello by Shai Wosner. Beethoven for Three: Symphony No. 4 and Op. 97, “Archduke" is the latest chapter in three friends’ ongoing exploration of what Beethoven’s invention means for musicians and audiences today.  The Beethoven for Three series features three artists in pursuit of the essential elements of Beethoven's musical language, presenting Beethoven's most iconic symphonies in intimate arrangements that maintain the power and immediacy of his orchestral works. By performing the symphonies on three instruments alongside the composer’s canonical piano trios, the artists present a wealth of insight into both Beethoven and his earliest audiences.  ?“We all feel that being able to participate in a symphony is such a wonderful thing to do,” says Ma. “One of the things that has separated people since recording began is the categories that we put people in, in which chamber musicians, orchestra players, people who play concertos, people who do transcriptions, people who compose, people who conduct, are all viewed as separate categories with no overlap. That siloed thinking discourages actual creativity and collaboration between people. And so we feel that one of the things that is really important to do today is to actually go back to the first principles of music, the simple interaction between friends who want to do something together."  

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