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Beethoven & Possinger: Violin Concertos / Steck

Release Date: 03/24/2017 
Label:  Accent   Catalog #: 24320  
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenFranz A. Possinger
Performer:  Anton Steck
Conductor:  Matthew Halls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arpa Festante
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It is unbelievable that such a popular work in the current repertoire as Ludwig van Beethoven’s Violin Concerto Op. 61 only conquered the concert hall around three to four decades after its composition. The work ultimately gained its popularity through two revised printed versions published in Vienna and in London, which both reveal substantial revisions in the solo parts. The quest for Beethoven’s “original version” proves to be extremely complicated, as Beethoven himself offered up to four alternatives to the soloists in some spots of the manuscript. A study of the different inks and quills used in that autograph has allowed the violinist Anton Steck to propose the new und unusual version recorded here, which thanks also to the use of Read more historical instruments results in a tangible and transparent rendering of a very well-known piece. In addition to Beethoven’s composition, Steck presents the world premiere recording of the Violin Concerto of the Viennese violinist Franz Alexander Pössinger – a friend of Beethoven who was probably involved in the revision of the solo part of his concerto. Pössinger’s work was written in 1805, just one year before Beethoven’s. Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Anton Steck (Violin)
Conductor:  Matthew Halls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arpa Festante
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Concerto for Violin in G Major, Op. 9 by Franz A. Possinger
Performer:  Anton Steck (Violin)
Conductor:  Matthew Halls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arpa Festante

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