The first recording of of the Solistes Européens, Luxembourg on Rubicon Classics is on the market now. We have been thinking carefully which repertoire to choose from for the start of this new collaboration. When we observe music history and its repercussion on our times, it can be rather puzzling that our view upon some of the most famous and influential composers seems to be rather monochromatic. We emphasise the influence of composers like Bach and Beethoven on their and later generations of musicians and tend to neglect the reciprocal influence all their contemporaries have had on them . In this sense it is striking to see the influence French Revolution composers like Grétry, Méhul, and Gossec exerted on Ludwig van Beethoven. More so, because they are widely forgotten whilst Beethoven - and Bach for that matter - remains a pillar of classical music reception. Since a long time it has been my wish to juxtapose in concert and recording works by Méhul and Beethoven. Especially the last movement of Méhul’s First Symphony in G minor is a puzzling reminder of how embedded Beethoven actually was in a much wider field of musical activity than nowadays perceived and what he only a short time later has achieved with very similar material, style, and attitude. In view of all this I think it is a wonderful start of our collaboration of the Solistes Européens, Luxembourg with Rubicon Classics.