Beethoven Violin concerto (Perlman & Barenboim)


 Ludwig van Bethoven

Itzhak Perlman, Violin
Berliner Philharmoniker
Daniel Barenboim, Dirigent

Konzert für Violine und Orchester D-dur op. 61
concerto per viole ed orchestra in Re maggiore op. 61
concert for violin and orchestra D major op. 61
concert pour violon et orchestre majeur op. 61
concierto para violín y orquesta en Re mayor op. 61

I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Larghetto
III Rondó, Allegro

Grandsaal Musikverein, Wien, Österreich

 
 

Ludwig van Beethoven‘s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61, was written in 1806.

The work was premiered on 23 December 1806 in the Theater an der Wien in Vienna. Beethoven wrote the concerto for his colleague Franz Clement, a leading violinist of the day, who had earlier given him helpful advice on his opera Fidelio. The occasion was a benefit concert for Clement. However, the first printed edition (1808) was dedicated to Beethoven’s friend Stephan von Breuning.

It is believed that Beethoven finished the solo part so late that Clement had to sight-read part of his performance.[1] Perhaps to express his annoyance, or to show what he could do when he had time to prepare, Clement is said to have interrupted the concerto between the first and second movements with a solo composition of his own, played on one string of the violin held upside down;[2] however, other sources claim that he did play such a piece but only at the end of the program.[3]

The premiere was not a success, and the concerto was little performed in the following decades.

The work was revived in 1844, well after Beethoven’s death, with performances by the then 12-year-old violinist Joseph Joachim with the orchestra conducted by Felix Mendelssohn. Ever since, it has been one of the most important works of the violin concerto repertoire, and it is frequently performed and recorded today.

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