Itzhak Perlman plays Ludwig van Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61. Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Conductor: Daniel Barenboim. Recorded live in November 1986 in Berlin.
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) (@00:00)
- Larghetto (G major) (@24:37)
- Rondo. Allegro (D major) (@33:33)