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Violin Concerto in D Op. 61. Beethoven composed the concerto in 1806, when increasing deafness was casting it's shadow over him. He wrote the concerto especially for the great violinist at the time, Franz Clement, as marked on the title page by Beethoven himself: "Concerto par Clemenza pour Clement, Primo Violino e Directtore al Theatro a Vienne dal L.V. Bthvn., 1806." 'Clemenza' meaning mercifulness or perhaps intended to indicate the mildness, tenderness and beauty so abundantly evident in this concerto, which was the sixth of his seven concertos. The concert was slow to establish itself and it was only in 1844, when performed by Joseph Joachim, the 12 year old Hungarian genius, and conducted by Mendelssohn, that the work received the wide recognition it truly deserved.

An interesting, little known fact is that Beethoven earlier made a piano arrangement for the solo part which was first commissioned by the London publisher Clementi. However, the beauty of the original Violin Concerto meant that the piano version was all but ignored, although in modern time Daniel Barenboim has actually recorded it. Beethoven dedicated the piano version to Julie, the young, beautiful wife of Stephan von Brunning to whom he had already dedicated the Violin Concerto.

The Moonlight Sonata in C Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 2 was written in 1801 and it was probably inspired by, and certainly dedicated to, one of Beethoven's pupils, the 17 year old Countess Giulietta Guicciardi. It is one of Beethovens most dreamy and original sonatas and it was Ludwig Rellstab, a German poet and musician, who 'christened' it the 'Moonlight' sonata, likening the first movement to the moonlight shining on Lake Lucerne.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
in D Major Op. 61
Piano Sonata No. 14
in C Sharp Minor Op. 27/2


Allegro Ma Non Troppo
Allegro Larghetto



Adagio Sostenuto
Presto Agitato


Total Time 61:44
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Alexei Bruni, Violin Solo, Concerto for Violin Op. 61
Pavel Nersessian, Piano Solo
, Sonata No. 14
(1st Prize in the Dublin International Piano Competition 1991)  
The New Russia Orchestra, Andrei Tchistiakov, Conductor

DDD Digital Recording.
Moscow Radio Studio Five,  11/1996 
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