Masterclass: Julia Fischer on Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, Third Movement


Conversations between instruments, harmony and articulation all form part of Julia Fischer’s discussion of this joyous third movement

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Many violinists respect and even fear Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, but for me that was never the case. By the time I started to play it I’d already learnt ten of his piano sonatas, so I was very familiar with Beethoven as a composer! To play the Violin Concerto after that felt very natural. In many ways I feel that my career started with this piece when I was twelve years old, and I performed it with Yehudi Menuhin conducting. It is the concerto that I have played the most, and my life as an adult musician began with it too, when I played it on tour with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Neville Marriner…

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