Romance No. 2 in F Major, Op. 50
Ludwig van Beethoven
b. Bonn, Germany / December 15, 1770; d. Vienna, Austria / March 26, 1827
Beethoven’s two Romances for violin and orchestra date from the first years of the nineteenth century. Their origins remain obscure. Some writers see them as dry runs for the slow movement of the masterful, full scale Concerto in D Major that he composed in 1806. Whatever the case, they are charming and gracious works. This is the more impassioned of the two. It also places the greater technical demands upon the soloist. Toward the centre, a few emotional clouds cross the sky. The mood becomes slightly troubled but never seriously so, and not for long.
Program Notes by Don Anderson © 2018