The Romance for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 in F major, Op. 50 is a real treat for the ears. It dates from Beethoven’s first period of compositional mastery, which began around 1800. As in Romance for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in G Major, Op. 40, Beethoven expands the songlike romance tone into a solemn, sublime song scene in which the solo instrument assumes the role of “precentor” and the orchestra the role of “chorus.” Violinist Renaud Capuçon demonstrates his entire range of expertise in this 2nd violin romance by Beethoven. He is accompanied by the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra conducted by Kurt Masur.
The Romance for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 is part of a concert that took place under the motto ’20 Years Since the Peaceful Revolution’ on October 9, 2009 in the Nikolaikirche in Leipzig. The concert was in commemoration of October 9, 1989, when more than 70,000 people gathered in the second largest city of the former GDR to demonstrate for democracy and freedom. Kurt Masur, who conducted a concert with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra at the time, was among those who called on demonstrators to remain non-violent.
Born in Chambéry, France, in 1976, Renaud Capuçon is famous for his well-balanced, distinctly sonorous violin playing. His violin, a Guarneri del Gesù Panette from 1737, was played for many years by Isaac Stern. Capuçon has made a name for himself as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, working with the world’s most prestigious orchestras and conductors. The French star violinist’s broad repertoire ranges from classical to modern music to the great works of film music.
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