Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven, born in December 1770 in Bonn into a musical family, attracted attention early in his life thanks to his outstanding musical talent. In 1792 the Prince Elector of Bonn sent him to Vienna to enable him to perfect his knowledge...  more

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Opus 61

At its 1806 world première, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto was such a resounding failure that it took 40 years for the concerto to be given a reprieve by violinist Josef Joachim and find its way into the repertoire. What was seen as a "defect” at the...

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Intermission

Antonín Dvořák

Born on September 19th 1841 in today´s Czech Republic, Antonín Dvořák was regarded by his contemporaries as a kind of composing "nature boy" - inspired, unacademic and drawing directly from the sources of Czech and Slavic folklore, he ranks along...  more

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Opus 95 "Z Nového sveta" (From the New World)

"Z nového sveta", "From the New World" - this was the title Dvorák gave his Ninth Symphony, which he wrote in 1893 in the United States. In this work Dvorák drew some inspiration from Native American music, without, however, as is often assumed,...

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Maxim Vengerov, conductor and violin

Universally hailed as one of the world’s finest musicians, and often referred to as the greatest living string player in the world today, Grammy award winner Maxim Vengerov also enjoys international acclaim as a conductor and is one of the most...  more