The Florida Orchestra: “Beethoven’s Violin Concerto” Broadcast

Dutch Violinist Simone Lamsma

This week’s Thursday Masterwork with The Florida Orchestra features Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma. Plus a performance of Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra.

Guest Conductor Christoph König

The Conductor

The guest conductor for this concert is Christoph König who is the Principal Conductor & Music Director of the Orchestra of the Solistes Européens, Luxembourg. He studied conducting, piano, and singing at the Dresdner Musikhochschule in Dresden, Germany. König has performed with numerous orchestra’s, including the Orchestre de Paris and the Netherlands Philharmonic.[1] 

The Works

Beethoven composed his violin concerto during an intense period of creativity. The concerto was commissioned by violinist Franz Clement and premiered in Vienna in 1806. Although this is Beethoven’s only Violin Concerto, the work is frequently performed and is one of Beethoven’s most lyrical pieces.[2]

Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus” was not the direct inspiration for Beethoven’s overture of the same name. The work was inspired by Heinrich Joseph von Collin’s play “Coriolan.” The drama was unsuccessful, but Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture survived and is one of the composer’s most performed and recorded works.[3]

Bartók composed his Concerto for Orchestra after fleeing the horrors of the Second World War in 1940. The work was commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and premiered on December 1, 1944. The Concerto for Orchestra was immensely successful and helped establish Bartók as one of the most renowned composers of the 20th century.[4]

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Message from the violinist and conductor

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Sources

[1] “About: Christoph Koenig: Conductor.” Home, www.christophkoenigconductor.com/about.

[2] Schwarm, Betsy. “Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 12 Oct. 2014, www.britannica.com/topic/Violin-Concerto-in-D-Major-Op-61.

[3] “Coriolan Overture, Op. 62: Details.” AllMusic, www.allmusic.com/composition/coriolan-overture-op-62-mc0002357776.

[4] Aspen Music Festival And School, www.aspenmusicfestival.com/program_notes/view/bartok-concerto-for-orchestra.

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