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Wednesday music.

Violinist Isabelle Faust and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Mark Elder, perform Beethoven's 'Violin Concerto' in Het Concertgebouw during The Sunday Morning Concert of Sunday the 25th of February 2018.


Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Mark Elder [conductor]
Isabelle Faust [violin]

Pietro Locatelli: Violin Concerto Op. 3, No. 1

Violinist Lisa Jacobs and ensemble The String Soloists perform 'Violin Concerto in D major Op. 3, No. 1' by Locatelli during The Sunday Morning Concert on Sunday the 7th of January 2018 in Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.

Locatelli’s music was the reason Lisa Jacobs fell in love with the violin. When little, her mother played his music during breakfast and Lisa would crawl into the speakers. Locatelli’s ‘Violin Concerto’ is thus a logical choice for Lisa and her ensemble to play during this concert, that’s very close to Lisa’s heart.

Charlie Siem: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Watch the stylish young violinist pull out a bag of tricks in music by Paganini. Performing at the NPR Music offices, Siem tosses off left-hand pizzicatos, double-stop harmonics and spiccato bowing as if he were buttering bread.

Set List:
Ole Bull: Cantabile
Paganini: Introduction and Variations on Paisiello's "Nel Cor Piu"
Godowsky: Alt Wien (arr. Heifetz)

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Happy Eightieth, Mr. Glass

Philip Glass' Violin Concerto No. 2, titled 'The American Four Seasons', received its world premiere in Toronto on December 9, 2009, with violinist Robert McDuffie, for whom the work was composed, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra under conductor Peter Oundjian. Its European premiere was in London on April 17, 2010, with McDuffie and the London Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Marin Alsop.

Glass composed the work in the summer and autumn of 2009 after several years of exchanges between him and McDuffie with the idea of creating a piece that would serve as a companion to Vivaldi's The Four Seasons. When the work was presented to McDuffie, it emerged that his interpretation of the seasons was somewhat different from Glass'. For this reason, Glass presents this as an opportunity for the listener to make his/her own interpretation. The titles of the movements therefore offer no clues as to where Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter might fall, with the composer welcoming other interpretations.

Instead of the cadenza typically found in most violin concertos, Glass provided a number of solo pieces for the violinist which act as a prelude to the first movement, and three 'songs' that precede each of the following three movements. Glass also anticipated that these could be played together as separate concert music when abstracted from the whole work.

La Chaconne.

The partita is the world. The world is the partita. The twelve-minute Chaconne is an entire book, the gospel of the violin. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. In the beginning was the Partita, and the Partita was with God, and the Partita was God. I feel as if on the edge of greatness, on the edge of uncovering the power, the perfection hidden in the twelve-minute Chaconne. Surely, if I understand it, if I play it as he means me to, a new world will open to me.

J.S. Bach: Chaconne For Solo Violin, From Partita No. 2 In D Minor by James Ehnes, Violin

Johann Sebastian Bach [1685 - 1750], Chaconne, From Partita No.2 In D Minor, BWV 1004 / Album: Heifetz In Performance [Polygram, DVD 1970] / Violinist: Jascha Heifetz [1901 - 1987]