Nature’s awakening from the torpidity of winter and the sparkle of spring go well together with the music of Beethoven. The LNSO offers the opportunity to hear the brilliant Vienna master’s Violin Concerto and Symphony No. 2, works that were composed on the threshold of youth and maturity.
If we look into Beethoven’s biography, we can try to imagine how in this music, the passion of the youth encounters its first serious storms in life – the composer tries to hide from the world that he is gradually becoming deaf. On the other hand, if we follow this path, we could end up engaging in speculative melodrama. The Second Symphony and the Violin Concerto are both powerful works that simultaneously demonstrate the composer’s amazing mastery as well as the sanguine side of his personality that is not overshadowed by the choleric side of his temperament.
We are particularly pleased that the solo part in the Violin Concerto will be performed by the world famous violinist Vadim Gluzman who spent his childhood in Riga. His violin, more so in recent years, has an especially silky nuanced sound without losing any of the fantastic sparkle we have come to enjoy in Gluzman’s playing.