Beethoven’s only violin concerto the Concerto in D major op. 61 was finished in 1806 is probably one of the most popular violin concertos ever written. It’s not only a beautiful piece of music but is an important landmark in the evolution of the genre. Beethoven dispensed with the conventional elements that had dominated the genre during the 18th century and brought it closer to the symphonic form. In doing so he raised the expectations and standards of musicians and listeners alike. The concerto starts (Allegro ma non troppo)with a rendition of the theme by the orchestra and and continues with the solo violin rendering the two themes in cadence. The second movement (Larghetto) is based on a lyrical musical theme that some have speculated may be of Russian origin. The concerto’s third part (Rondo) starts with a solo rendition of the theme Beethoven didn’t write the cadence for the violin which requires the soloist to display their technical and improvisational skills. The work premiered on December 23rd 1806 and thereafter languished in obscurity until it was re-introduced to the public during the mid-1800s by Mendelssohn since when it has become a popular staple of the concert repertoire.
This performance of it was given by Maxim Vengerov on October 23rd 2011 at the 14th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition, Poznań, the orchestra was the Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Marek Pijarowski and the venue the A. Mickiewicz University Auditorium. The encore was Massenet’s Mediitation from ‘Thais‘. One small digression before the music starts – take a look at the audience, they’re literally standing in the aisles. Enjoy the music Vengerov and the Poznań Philharmonic play it beautifully. :-)
Video Source: Maxim Vengerov plays Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major op. 61 and Meditation by J. Massenet – YouTube Published on 22 Mar 2012 by Henryk Wieniawski