Due to the measure announced by the Austrian federal government to cancel all indoor events with more than 100 participants until the middle of April, this event will not take place.
It is a masterpiece of the repertoire and one of the most popular solo concertos altogether: Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor. To give an example, the Wiener Symphoniker alone have performed it more than 130 times, that is, on average more than once in each season in the course of its almost 120-year-old existence. Bruch himself did not really like this popularity, one of the consequences being that all his other works were neglected.
“I can no longer stand this concerto – did I perhaps write this one concerto only? Please go and take the trouble to play the other concertos, too, as they are equally good or even better!”, he wrote to his publisher in 1887. In that sense it certainly did not help at all when one of the most famous violinists of the time, Joseph Joachim, called it the “richest and most charming violin concertos” ever written.
Now, it will be interpreted by Renaud Capuçon, a leading contemporary violinist. Cornelius Meister, who celebrates his debut with the Wiener Symphoniker with these performances, will complement it with two no less popular works: Richard Wagner’s Overture to Tannhäuser and Richard Strauss’ monumental tone poem “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”.