37. Beethoven: Violin Concerto
[…] think: if Ludwig were alive today
he’d pick up all these mad hard cases on the boulevards
we’d get music like we never heard before
and he’d still never ever find his Beloved.
Excerpt from Note Upon The Love Letters Of Beethoven by Charles Bukowski
Remember Joseph Joachim? Brahms violist friend who expressed his adoration for Robert Schumann by screwing his wife behind his back? Turns out he had his moments. Thanks to him the world has become familiar with what is widely considered the greatest violin concerto of all time.
The premiere of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto shows a strong resemblence to Sibelius' premiere of his. Beethoven had shedulded the premiere, but completed the composition too late in order for the soloist to prepare properly. It left the crowd about as enthusiastic as Karen Carpenter in an All-You-Can-Eat-restaurant, and immediately after the premiere the sheet music disappeared in someone's bottom drawer.
Twenty-one years after Beethoven’s death some mediocre conductor called Felix Mendelssohn dusted off the sheet notes and performed it with Joachim. This time, the crowd went wild and the rest is history.
Itzhak Perlman, Carlo Maria Giulini & Philharmonia Orchestra
Perlman has got the poison. Carlo Maria Giulini & the Philharmonia Orchestra have got the pulsating rhythmical remedy.