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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) Violin Concerto in D Major op.61
Johannes Brahms (1833–1897) Symphony Nr. 2 in D Major op.73
Augustin Hadelich violin
Michael Sanderling conductor
It's hard to believe but initial reactions to Beethoven's violin concerto were mixed, with one critic even finding parts of it boring, which certainly won't be the case when you hear Augustin Hadelich play this wonderful work. Brahms played a trick on his publisher by telling him that his 2nd symphony was so melancholy that he thought the score should be published edged in black - the mood is in fact cheery, almost pastoral, and the critic Hanslick wrote that "it shines like the sun warming connoisseurs and laymen".