HCMC – A Night of Beethoven

HCMC – A Night of Beethoven

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Tue 19 Sep 2017, 8 pm
HCMC Opera House

From the organizer:

Beethoven is one of history’s most important and influential composers. A bridge connecting Classical Period and Romantic Period, he brought the musical language to an unprecedented height with immense, radical innovations, and paved the way for all romantic arts that followed. In the coming concert, A Night of Beethoven, on September 19th, HBSO will present some of the composer’s most notable works, with outstanding performance by the ultra talented Bui Cong Duy and the international conductor, David Gomez Ramirez, with the HBSO orchestra.

Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 61 is a work that had its fair share of both ups and downs in the German composer’s repertoire. First performed in 1806 in Austria, it was originally intended as a dedicated work for Franz Clement, Beethoven’s then colleague, but was not highly regarded by the public, leading to almost oblivion. However, up until 1844, after the composer’s death, people recognized the Concerto as one of Beethoven’s best compositions for violin.

Known as the composer’s only work for violin and orchestra, the Concerto is considered one of the most technically challenging works for violin performance, not only in performance but also in the composition’s depth. The work itself is romantic, serene and composed, however underlined by shades of grandiose nature. Composed in Major, the clarity and noble restraints of emotions and artistic expressions are evident from Allegro ma non troppo, with expansive emotional breadth and richness of melodies. The “interference” of the first theme leads to dramatic ecstasy, however never spoiling the overall atmosphere of calmness. The romantic element is most visible in Larghetto, through bright sounds, slightly suppressed, and dreamlike pondering, and even in the the last part, Rondo, based upon dance-like theme and sharp, regular rhythm, wherein romantic shades are discoverable when listening carefully. Such conclusion defines the work’s harmonious style and rich in melodies, not only from the expositions but also in Beethoven’s signature building up, all veiled by a thin layer of sound and quick brushes.

Symphony No. 8 in F Major, op. 93 (1812)

Premiered in 27 February, 1814 in Vienna, the Symphony treads a different path with the rest of Beethoven’s symphonic compositions. The work is like an intermezzo, a brief leisure moment before reaching the ultimate height after years of incubation, the Symphony No. 9th, Ode of Joy. The composer himself considered the work a minor symphony and rightly so: the work’s form and style truly resemble the Haydn period’s works. It is peculiar, however, that Beethoven, at the threshold of his magnum opus, Symphony No. 9, tried to revive a writing form that disappeared, though not entirely. The symphony’s neoclassicism reveals a shade of composed irony. The artist – the philosopher – who has undergone the existential crises of humans, with a generous yet satirical smile, is looking back at the spritual, bucolic yet long gone 18th century, and gently with his genial technique revives the period’s musical form. Clarity, purity and balance play together into the work, with the artistic manners placed above all, and yet in occasional moments, in the world of beauty and joy, the composer’s conquest soars up.

While movement I is simple, happygoing, Haydn style, the second – scherzo – is humorous, as the composer introduced a canon theme performed consecutively and gracefully trying to mimic the repetitious sounds as a gift to his friend, Mr. Maelzel, who invented the metronome. In the third movement, Beethoven restored the menuet to its authority, reminding listeners of the bucolic tunes back in 18th century. The final movement is bright and vivid with creativity, with a happy leading theme and picturesque feel.


Ticket price: 550,000 – 400,000 – 350,000 – 200,000 – 80,000 VND (for students only)

Booking and delivery: 028 3823 7419, Ms. Hương 098 987 4517, Ms.Huong Ly: 090 805 7972
At HCMC Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square
Online Booking: ticketbox.vn

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HCMC Opera House
No. 7 Lam Son Square, D.1, HCMC


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