Accompanied by the The RTVE Symphony Orchestra (Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Televisión Española), German classical violinist Arabella Steinbacher plays Ludwig van Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61. Conductor: Walter Weller. Recorded in Madrid on October 7, 2007.
Beethoven wrote the concerto for his colleague Franz Clement, a leading violinist of the day, who had earlier given him helpful advice on his opera Fidelio. The work was premiered on 23 December 1806 in the Theater an der Wien in Vienna, the occasion being a benefit concert for Clement. The first printed edition (1808) was also dedicated to Franz Clement.
The work is in three movements:
- Allegro ma non troppo (D major)
- Larghetto (G major)
- Rondo. Allegro (D major)
The RTVE Symphony Orchestra (Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Televisión Española), also known as the Spanish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra is a Spanish radio orchestra servicing RTVE, the Spanish national broadcasting network. The Orchestra is based at the Teatro Monumental in Madrid, Spain.
Arabella Miho Steinbacher (born in Munich on 14 November 1981) is a German classical violinist. She is the daughter of a German father and a Japanese mother. When she was three, her mother read that a German violin teacher had recently returned from Japan after studying the Suzuki method. Steinbacher was started on violin lessons at that time. When she was nine years old, she was enrolled at the Munich College of Music and mentored by Ana Chumachenco.
Steinbacher came into contact with Ivry Gitlis, and took part in master classes by Dorothy DeLay and Kurt Sassmannshaus in Aspen, Colorado. She won several important prizes (the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Hanover), and a grant from the Free State of Bavaria in 2001, then became a student of Anne-Sophie Mutter’s Freundeskreis (“Circle of friends”).
Steinbacher currently plays the Booth Stradivarius (1716) provided by the Nippon Music Foundation.
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