French classical violinist Renaud Capuçon performs the Romance for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 in F major, Op. 50; a piece for violin and orchestra by Ludwig van Beethoven. From the Church of St. Nicolai, Leipzig, Germany: 20 Years Peaceful Revolution – Leipzig commemorates the 9th of October 1989. Gewandhausorchester Leipzig (Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra) conducted by Kurt Masur.
The piece was written in 1798, four years before the composer’s first romance, and was published 1805, two years later than the first. Hence, this piece was designated as Beethoven’s second romance.
On 9 October 1989, 70,000 people staged a non-violent demonstration calling for more freedom and democracy in the GDR. Thanks to the claim “Peaceful Revolution”, initiated by Kurt Masur as one of six prominent citizens of Leipzig, everything proceeded peacefully. That evening, the Gewandhausorchester played under his baton Brahms’ Second Symphony at the St. Nicolas Church. The following regular “Monday Demonstrations”, which came to be described as the “Peaceful Revolution”, became a major milestone on the way to open the Berlin Wall one month later on November the 9th in 1989 and paving the foundations for the reunification of the two German states.
Exactly 20 years later, the Gewandhausorchester and Kurt Masur commemorate the beginning of the German reunification by presenting the same symphony at the same location.