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Master violinist James Ehnes

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Live broadcast 23 February 18.00
The first violin concerto to begin with timpani? Presumably, Beethoven knew what he was doing and imitation was not part of the process.

Inspiration and craftsmanship must have flowed in perfect harmony when he composed the work. The first movement is 20 minutes long –  and not a second too long – and with a matching trio and finale, it is a real classic, especially in the hands of the fabulously musical James Ehnes. Kent Nagano holds the baton and also delivers Mendelssohn’s Fifth Symphony, composed in 1830 for the 300th anniversary of the Augsburg Confession – one of Protestantism’s most important documents and in Mendelssohn’s case, a musical celebration of a noble kind.

Programme
Bach Ein feste Burg 5 min
Mendelssohn Symphony No 5 “Reformation” 33 min
Intermission 25 min
Beethoven Violin Concerto 42 min

Participants
Gothenburg Symphony
Kent Nagano conductor
James Ehnes violin

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