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Leader, Paul Beard
Conductor, Sir Adrian Boult
Eda Kersey (solo violin)
Brahms's Violin Concerto in D is one of the three or four greatest concertos written for the instrument.
It was composed in 1878 when Brahms was forty-five years of age. The first performance took place at a Gewandhaus Concert at Leipzig on January 1, 1879, with Joachim as soloist and Brahms as conductor. Seven weeks later Joachim played the concerto at the Crystal Palace with great success.
Joachim had much to do with the fashioning of the solo part, for while Brahms was writing it he was continually asking for Joachim's expert advice on the most effective way of laying out certain passages from the technical point of view of the virtuoso.
Beethoven wrote four overtures to his single opera Fidelio, which was first produced in Vienna on November 20, 1805.
The overtures are known as ' Leonora ' Nos. 1, 2, and 3 and ' Fidelio '. ' Leonora ' "No. 2 was written for the first production, No. 3 for the revival in March 1806, and No. 1 for a performance at Prague which never materialised.
' Leonora ' No. 3 is undoubtedly the finest of the four from a constructive point of view. The themes upon which the overture is based are taken from the opera itself.


Leader: Paul Beard
Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult
Conductor: Eda Kersey

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