Bernard Haitink will conduct two of Ludwig van Beethoven’s most popular works. In the Sixth Symphony, the composer shows himself from an unusually relaxed side: not drama and conflict are the focus here, but rather human sensations in the face of nature. In the Violin Concerto performed on the first half, we encounter Isabelle Faust, whose tone captivates in equal measure with “passion, grit, ... warmth and sweetness” (The New York Times).
Violin Concerto in D major
Isabelle Faust Violin
Symphony No. 6 in F major Pastoral
Isabelle Faust has been one of the leading violinists in the world for years: “her sound has passion, grit and electricity,” the New York Times wrote, “but also a disarming warmth and sweetness that can unveil the music’s hidden strains of lyricism.” She doesn’t have to think twice when she answers the question what music her “Sleeping Beauty” Stradivarius from 1704 likes the most: “If I had to choose an ideal piece, it would be the Beethoven Violin Concerto. Music that is fleet of foot, radiantly shining, nothing that sounds too earthy. On its best days this violin has an unbelievable brightness, very silvery-golden. The very bright Beethoven sound also suits me very well: it is compatible with my nature and my emotions.”
As guest performer with the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Bernard Haitink, Isabelle Faust will present on her “Sleeping Beauty” (known as such because it was first forgotten in an attic for 150 years, and then disappeared again into a vault for a long time before being re-discovered) the “ideal piece”: Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. The programme follows with one of the most popular Beethoven symphonies, namely the Pastorale with its famous birdcalls in the second movement; the birds’ names can be found in the manuscript: nightingale (flute), quail (oboe) and cuckoo (clarinet). In purely musical terms this is a virtually freely performed cadenza for three solo instruments; for a short time, the symphony takes on the character of a concertante.