Ludwig Van Beethoven: Violin Concerto
Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben
It is hard to believe that Beethoven's brilliant Violin Concerto was not a great success during the composer's lifetime. Now established as one of the major works in the repertoire, the Concerto is bursting with vigorous melodies and elegant exchanges between soloist and orchestra.
Richard Strauss takes us on an epic journey in 'A Hero's Life', which sparked controversy when it was suggested that the work was autobiographical - that Strauss was portraying himself as the 'hero'! Whether or not this was the case, Strauss paints a vivid picture of love, conflict and peace in this ravishing orchestral tour de force.Performers
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Charles Dutoit conductor
Julia Fischer violin