Christian Tetzlaff & Beethoven
Jessie Montgomery, Starburst
Ludwig van Beethoven, Concerto for violin and orchestra in D major, op. 61
A sky full of violins
Four soft tympani beats open Beethoven’s only Violin Concerto. According to some, the recurring tympani motif in the first movement reflects the euphoric mood that prevailed during the French Revolution. Great change was imminent and anything seemed possible. The premiere of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto was only a moderate success, as the score was completed far too late and the soloist was forced to sight-read during the concert. Years after Beethoven’s death, however, the Violin Concerto was picked up again by Mendelssohn and began a triumphal march along the European concert halls.
Hugh Wolff, conductor
Christian Tetzlaff, violin
Hugh Wolff is among the leading conductors of his generation. He has appeared with all the major American orchestras including those of Chicago, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, S
Christian Tetzlaff has been one of the most sought-after violinists and most exciting musicians on the classical music scene for many years.