Dear MYchapel members,
L.van Beethoven – Triple concerto for violin, cello, piano and orchestra (Trio Dali)
Felix Mendelssohn – Concerto in e min. op. 64 for violin and orchestra (Liya Petrova, violin)
Johann Strauss – Die Fledermaus
· Ouverture and excerpts
Franz Lehar – Der Zarewitsch & Die lustige Witwe
Beethoven’s Triple Concerto for violin, cello, piano and orchestra in C major is an astonishing work. The composer had the idea in 1803 of combining this chamber music ensemble with the concerto, a genre for which he had already composed several masterpieces. The cello, still the poor relation of the trio at the time, is treated with great virtuosity and with the maximum of its tessitura.
Mendelssohn’s Concerto no. 2 is one of the most famous concertos for violin, and rightly so.
Die Fledermaus [The Bat] by Johann Strauss, which was given a rather cool reception was premiered in Vienna in 1874, rapidly became the most successful Viennese operetta, including its “pot-pourri’ type of overture. Two generations separate Strauss and Franz Lehár, but Lehár would score his greatest triumph with Die Lustige Witwe [The Merry Widow] [(1905), a sterling example of the place that music and dance had henceforth taken in the new Viennese operetta. The Tsarevitch, premiered in Berlin in 1927, is one of this master’s last works, full of refinement and humour: it is inspired (very) freely from the life of Alexis, the son of Peter the Great.