Isabelle Faust is an adventurer in music. One example is Beethovens Violin Concerto, which she has performed and recorded many times. Beethoven did not include a cadence in this brilliant concert. At least, not mend for the violin, but for the piano which he liked to play himself. Faust, Germany's best violinist, altered this pianocadence for violin. Subtle and virtuoso. Faust will be the soloist joining the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra during this concert.
Beethoven starts his Violin Concerto like only he dares to do: with timpani. Five soft notes introduce the first part. A motive which he made up in his bed when someone knocked on the neighbour's door, if we can believe the stories. True or not, this motive starts an exciting dialogue between instruments. The opening is a celebratory one, because Florian Magnus Maier wrote a Festive Ouverture for the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, which celebrates its 100th year in 2018!