Paavo Järvi leads a double vision of a better world: Prokofiev’s tribute to ‘the free and happy man’, and heavenly music by Beethoven.
Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, Lisa Batiashvili says, is ‘music that transports you to another world, a heavenly work.’
Ludwig van Beethoven
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Symphony No. 5
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About this concert
The violinist Liza Batiashvili has performed with the Concertgebouw Orchestra dozens of times since 2001, and served as the orchestra’s artist in residence in the 2016-17 season. Now she returns for Beethoven’s brilliant Violin Concerto. ‘It’s a work you want to play over and over again’, the Georgian violinist says, ‘it’s music that transports you to another world, a heavenly work.’
Prokofiev’s compelling Fifth Symphony, which dates from 1944, is truly a key work in the Concertgebouw Orchestra’s repertoire. Eduard van Beinum conducted the Dutch premiere on 3 November 1948 to commemorate the orchestra’s sixtieth anniversary. The popular guest conductor Paavo Järvi, widely praised for his interpretations of Prokofiev’s music, now presents his own vision of this deeply human, life-affirming war symphony – ‘a tribute to the free and happy man, and to his greatness’, as the composer himself described the work.