Beethoven & Schnittke: Violin Concertos – Vadim Gluzman

May 13, 2021, 9:00 am

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Vadim Gluzman takes on the work that in the beginning of the 19th century mapped out a new course for the violin concerto: Beethoven’s Concerto in D major, Op. 61. With this work, Beethoven presented a symphonic reinterpretation of the concerto, with soloist and orchestra becoming equal partners. Over the years, a number of composers and great violin virtuosos have proposed their own cadenzas for the concerto, with Alfred Schnittke being one of the more unexpected names. For this recording, Gluzman has chosen to perform Schnittke’s cadenzas, as a link to the second work on the disc: the composer’s Concerto No. 3 for violin and chamber orchestra. James Gaffigan and the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra provide unstinting support to Gluzman in both works.