Pierre Bleuse & Esther Yoo (Violin)
Ludwig van Beethoven, Egmont Overture
Felix Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto in e minor, Op. 64
Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony Nr. 7 in A major, Op. 92
Klärchen tugs at the collar of her doublet as she awaits her Egmont, the popular dissident. “If I were a boy, I would carry his banner into every fight.” Beethoven’s Egmont, after Goethe’s eponymous tragedy, is a musical act of resistance against an impulsive aggressor. A brave political stance by the composer, whose beloved Vienna had already been occupied for a year by Napoleon’s Grande Armée. In 2020, we will be celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. As a foretaste of this, his Symphony no. 7 will be performed this evening. Perhaps the work which allows us to enjoy his musical genius in its purest form.
Beethoven’s works will be interspersed with Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concert in e minor. The composer spent years working on this piece, and it took quite a long time before the opening gave him “peace”. And yet, he was finally able to commit it to paper. Esther Yoo, the youngest laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Competition, will play the first notes of this “restless passion”. The orchestra is in the capable hands of the famous conductor Pierre Bleuse.
Esther Yoo, the young American-Korean violinist, is the first ever Artist-in-Residence with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – a year long residency starting in 2018.