BEETHOVEN - Composer
JOSEPH SWENSEN - Conductor
NICOLA BENEDETTI - VIOLIN - Soloist
BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No 1 (10’)
BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto (34’)
BEETHOVEN Symphony No 4 (42’)
“Tender, and sensitive, and intimate… I'm just so unbelievably moved by his music”, is how Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti describes Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, the centrepiece of this brilliant all-Beethoven programme.
Thomas Edison once said, “genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”. This certainly applies to tonight’s Overture. Leonore No 1 was one of Beethoven’s four attempts at writing an overture to Fidelio. The Fourth is the most Classical of Beethoven's mature symphonies - in form if not in content. But, within the ‘Classical’ frame lurks something wonderfully subversive and original.