Saturday, March 16, 2019

The Bell Rings For An All Beethoven Program In Jones Hall

The fetching Sheralyn B. and I will be in for a treat this Saturday night in Jones Hall in Houston, Texas as we will get to see and hear our awesome Grammy Award winning Houston Symphony Orchestra performing the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the great virtuoso violinist, Joshua Bell, as the soloist and conductor [leader].  That will be the first half of the concert program.  Then in this all Beethoven program will be "the master's" sunny and grand fourth symphony, with Joshua Bell once again being the conductor.

Joshua Bell conducts and performs in Jones Hall this weekend in Jones Hall
This from the Houston Symphony Orchestra website:  "Nine symphonies. Five piano concertos. One perfect violin concerto. A violin lovers’ dream season continues as the incomparable Joshua Bell, hailed as “the greatest American violinist active today” (The Boston Herald), plays and conducts Beethoven’s sublime, supremely beautiful masterpiece. A blockbuster all-Beethoven program ends with the joyous and jovial Fourth Symphony."

Along with the Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky concertos, I consider the Beethoven one of the greatest violin concertos ever composed.  The concerto is scored in D Major with three movements: 1. Allegro ma non troppo, 2. Larghetto, and 3. Rondo -Allegro.

Beethoven's 4th Symphony is scored in B Flat Major with 4 movements: 1. Adagio-Allegro Vivace, 2. Adagio, 3. Menuetto, and 4. Allegro ma non troppo.

As usual, when Mrs. B and I go to a symphony concert in Houston, I like to give you a sample to enjoy a little from the pieces of what we will be hearing.  Then please listen to the Brahms Hungarian Dance #1 for violin and piano, performed by Joshua Bell [a piece we will not be hearing].

Please turn up the volume, play in full screen and enjoy!

L.V. Beethoven: Violin Concerto #1 in D Major:

L.V. Beethoven: Symphony #4 in B Flat Major, Movement 4, Allegro ma non troppo

Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dance #1

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