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BeethovenFest: The Immortal

BeethovenFest: The Immortal

BeethovenFest: The Immortal

BeethovenFest: The Immortal

Fri, Jun 5 - Sun, Jun 7, 2015
  • Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • Heinz Hall
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Artists

Manfred Honeck, conductor
Christian Tetzlaff, violin
Simona Saturova, soprano
Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano (Debut)
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Liang Li, bass
Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh
Frank Huang, guest concertmaster

Program

Beethoven: Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 61  
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Opus 125, "Choral"
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About This Performance

Beethoven’s only concerto for the violin stands alone. Noble and majestic, it is one of the happiest works he ever wrote.  It has been said that Beethoven had difficulty writing melodies, but this concerto defies such thinking; it is replete with beautiful melodies, each as serene and good-humored as the next. The summing up of his creative life, Beethoven again broke new ground by the inclusion of words and voices in a heretofore instrumental form, the symphony. The voices sing of harmony among all peoples of the world, in the Ode to Joy.

“[Tetzlaff] lets the music live, breathe and sing with a directness few can equal today.” –The Guardian


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