Sunday, 9 December 2012

A musical Advent Sunday


dedicated to



 Helen Tilston

for everyone who loves classical music:

Beethoven's Violin Concerto

Konzerthaus Berlin, Deutschland

Itzhak Perlman, Violin
Berliner Philharmoniker
Daniel Barenboim, Dirigent

Konzert für Violine und Orchester D-dur op. 61
concerto per viole ed orchestra in Re maggiore op. 61
concert for violin and orchestra D major op. 61
concert pour violon et orchestre Ré majeur op. 61
concierto para violín y orquesta en Re mayor op. 61

I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Larghetto
III Rondó, Allegro


Itzhak Perlman
Picture of Itzhak Perlman

Itzhak Perlman, born August 31, 1945
is an Israeli-born violinist, conductor, and instructor of master-classes.
He is regarded as one of the preeminent violinists of the 20th and early-21st centuries.

Perlman was born in Tel Aviv. His parents, Chaim and Shoshana Perlman, were natives of Poland 
 and had independently immigrated to Palestine in the mid-1930s before they met and got married. 
Perlman first became interested in the violin after hearing a classical music performance on the radio. 
At the age of three, he was denied entrance to the Shulamit Conservatory for being too small to hold a violin. 
He instead taught himself how to play the instrument using a toy fiddle until he was old enough to study with 
Rivka Goldgart at the Shulamit Conservatory and at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv
where he gave his first recital at age 10, before moving to the United States 
to study at the Juilliard School with the violin pedagogue,Ivan Galamian, and his assistant Dorothy Delay.
Perlman contracted polio at the age of four. He made a good recovery, learning to walk with crutches.
 Today, he uses crutches or an electric Amigo scooter for mobility and plays the violin while seated.
read more    here


Daniel Barenboim

Daniel Barenboim, KBE (born 15 November 1942) 
is an Israeli-Argentine-born pianist and conductor. 
He has served as music director of several major symphonic 
and operatic orchestras and made numerous recordings.

Currently, he is general music director of La Scala in Milan,
the Berlin State Opera, and the Staatskapelle Berlin
he previously served as Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra 
and the Orchestre de Paris
Barenboim is also known for his work with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
a Seville-based orchestra of young Arab and Israeli musicians.
Barenboim has received many awards and prizes, 
including an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire, 
France's Légion d'honneur both as a Commander and Grand Officier, 
the German Großes Bundesverdienstkreuz and Willy Brandt Award, and, 
together with the Palestinian-American scholar Edward Said
Spain's Prince of Asturias Concord Award
He has won seven Grammy awards for his work and discography.

read more:    here


Ludwig van Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61, was written in 1806.
The work was premiered on 23 December 1806 in the Theater an der Wien in Vienna. 
Beethoven wrote the concerto for his colleague Franz Clement, a leading violinist of the day, 
who had earlier given him helpful advice on his opera Fidelio.
The occasion was a benefit concert for Clement.
However, the first printed edition (1808) was dedicated to Beethoven’s friend Stephan von Breuning.
It is believed that Beethoven finished the solo part so late that Clement had to sight-read part of his performance.
 Perhaps to express his annoyance, or to show what he could do when he had time to prepare, 
Clement is said to have interrupted the concerto between the first and second movements 
with a solo composition of his own, played on one string of the violin held upside down; 
however, other sources claim that he did play such a piece but only at the end of the program.
The premiere was not a success, and the concerto was little performed in the following decades.

The work was revived in 1844, well after Beethoven's death, 
with performances by the then 12-year-old violinist Joseph Joachim 
with the orchestra conducted by Felix Mendelssohn.
Ever since, it has been one of the most important works of the violin concerto repertoire,
and it is frequently performed and recorded today.


Wish you all a peaceful 2. Advent Sunday


  1. Dear Karin,
    your taste of music is really ecellent - from Jazz to classic!

    and of course *Mathilda*!

    Eine wunderschönen Adventsonntag!
    ♥ Franka

  2. Karin you always have fabulous musical selections so I'm going up to my studio to get to work and play your list!

    Happy Holidays!

  3. Hello Karin

    What a delightful and beautiful surprise to see my name "in lights" on your post of today.
    Thank your for such a prestigious honour. What joy to share the front row with Judith(touch to touch) and be entertained by Beethoven's Violin concerto, with such maestros as Itzhak Perlman and Daniel Barenboim. Having had the pleasure of seeing both maestros live on stage, this makes your dedication all the more special.

    Thank you Karin for this big and beautiful honour.

    In fondness,


  4. What is there to say?
    Beethoven's Violin Concerto is sublime. To hear the Berlin Philharmonic playing it, Itzhak Perlman soloing, Daniel Barenboim (so elegant) conducting --- and to have a front row seat!
    Here at four-thirty in the afternoon it's already dark, a dull day it's been, and then I read your wonderful introduction --- like Helen, I am so honored! -- and then comes the music, full throat, full screen.
    I realize how much I miss living so near Tanglewood (the summer home of the Boston Philharmonic) and the privilege, not simply of hearing wonderful music, but SEEING it as well. I had never realized how PHYSICAL music is until we moved where we had live music available almost at will. And now that I miss it so much, you've restored it.
    So what is there to say? A whole hearted Vielen Dank, Karin. And a wonderful Advent season to you.

  5. Bonjour Karin -
    Beautiful! Of course your taste in music is also exquisite! I'm currently listening to Yo Yo Ma's Songs of Joy and Peace. I think you would also enjoy it. Happy Holidays!

  6. I love how you do these posts, Karin. They are joyous and show us a brilliant side of your personality. Merry Christmas, darling...

  7. Hallo Karin,
    morgen werd ich den Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt mit meinen Schulkindern besuchen und im Sternenhaus das Märchen Schneeweißchen und Rosenrot hören!

    Und dann ist nur noch der Freitag zu *überstehen*!

    Am Wochenende sind dann Proben zum Konzert, denn am 4. Advent singen wir das Weihnachtsoratorium Teil I - IV.
    Immer wieder so schön!

    Liebe Grüße ins Périgord!

    ♥ Franka