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Bach, Hartmann and Beethoven | London Philharmonic Orchestra
London, England
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 - 7:30 PM
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
J S Bach Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor,BWV104
Hartmann Concerto funebre
Beethoven Symphony No. 3 (Eroica)

Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Leonidas Kavakos violin

Two hundred years ago Ludwig van Beethoven organised a concert that he hoped would help lift the burden of the oppressed. For this pivotal occasion, he wrote a symphony that would encapsulate ideals of liberty in music of intense endurance and fortitude. In its volume, length and emotional power, Beethoven’s Eroica left critics and audiences dumbfounded. You can still hear why – as could Karl Amadeus Hartmann in 1939, when he wrote his musical protest against the Nazi occupation of Poland, Concerto funebre. Hartmann chose to stay in Germany and resist fascism through his art; the results are defiant, deeply moving and musically outstanding.
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rayallen43 It would be hard to imagine a more satisfying evening than coupling Bach with Hartmann in those two great masterworks of the violin repertory. Kovacos' sublime musicianship seemed to make the music float , as if from another world, whilst maestro ... read more