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Beethoven's Violin Concerto | Bath Festival Orchestra

Wednesday September 28, 2022 at 19:30
Cadogan Hall, London
£40, £35, £25, £15
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  1. Hebrides Overture Op 26 - Felix Mendelssohn
  2. Contradizione, for chamber orchestra - Grazyna Bacewicz
  3. Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Op 61 - Ludwig van Beethoven

To begin tonight’s concert, imagine yourself transported to the Hebridian coast where the glistening, pristine beauty of the landscape contrasts with the awesome power and drama of the Atlantic waves in Mendelssohn’s timelessly elegant portrait of Scotland’s rugged beauty.

Next is Polish composer Grazyna Bacewicz’s Contradizione I and II. These playful, shimmering percussion showcases feature weird and wonderful contrasts and contradictions of both instruments and playing techniques that will keep your ears on their toes.

A loner in Beethoven’s extraordinarily prolific output, the Violin Concerto was nearly consigned to obscurity until Mendelssohn and a 12-year-old violin prodigy revived it at a concert in London in 1844. And we should be very glad they did because its lush, Romantic melodies and sumptuous harmonies make for fifty minutes of pure, indulgent enjoyment. Tonight’s performance features Schnittke’s name-that-tune cadenza which contains quotes from other famous violin concerti. See if you can spot them all!

Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace

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