NOTE! This site uses cookies and similar technologies.

Like most websites, we use cookies to facilitate online booking and to ensure we give you the best possible experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume you're happy to receive cookies. You can learn more about changing your settings in our Privacy Policy.

Accept & close
30
March 2019
Saturday
6:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Plac Wolności 1, 50-071 Wrocław

A Romance with Beethoven

Performers:

Joseph Swensen – violin & direction
NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra

Programme:

L. van Beethoven Romance in G major for violin and orchestra op. 40, Symphony No. 1 in C major op. 21
***
L. van Beethoven Romance  in F major for violin and orchestra  op. 50,  Symphony No. 2 in D major op. 36

Joseph Swensen / fot. Łukasz Rajchert

In 1802, upon the completion of his Symphony #2, there were few signs that Ludwig van Beethoven  (1770-1827) was destined to become the romantic revolutionary we now consider him to be. He was, like Haydn and Mozart a product of the Enlightenment and a follower of the ideals of Free Masonry, and since his relocation to Vienna ten years earlier, his career decisions were remarkably practical.

One of the first musicians he sought out after his arrival in the great city of music was none other than Mozart himself. The Great Master was brusquely dismissive of the gifted youth until he heard him improvise. Later Mozart remarked, “Keep your eyes on him...someday he’ll give the world something to talk about!” Soon after that, Beethoven met Joseph Haydn who immediately became his most important teacher. Ever confrontational, Beethoven considered both Mozart and Haydn to be his adversaries. His ultimate goal was clear, to prevail not only as their eventual successor but as Vienna’s greatest composer. The way in which he would achieve this was to first learn everything he could from each of them and emulate their styles. He studied not only every Mozart and Haydn work he could lay his hands on but also the works of JS Bach and his sons. In addition to his studies with Haydn, (which would continue until he was nearly in his thirties), he even became a student of the infamous and influential Antonio Salieri. Beethoven’s commitment to perfecting his technique and following in the footsteps of establishment figures would assure his success in Vienna. But his ambitions would not end there. He would soon become the first composer to believe that his music would not only make his name immortal, it would possess the power to transform the world!
 
Known for his frequent audacious and sometimes outrageous behavior, the young Beethoven was surprisingly risk-adverse when it came to his career. For example, he wrote some of his most original music in the Piano Sonatas which were played almost exclusively in private homes and rarely reviewed in the press. When he finally decided to present his first major concert (more than SEVEN YEARS after his arrival in Vienna!), he chose the works he was most certain would succeed both with the general public and with the critics. That concert included his first piano concerto, the septet (which would be his biggest public success), and the premiere of his Symphony #1, an ingenious, vivacious work written almost entirely in the style of Haydn.
 
“Papa” Haydn had just returned from London where his final Six Symphonies were premiered. Beethoven would ensure that the premiere of his “First” would follow almost immediately on the heels of Haydn’s “Last”. Just as Brahms openly envisioned his first symphony to be “Beethoven’s 10th”, I suspect Beethoven privately imagined his first Symphony to be “Haydn’s 105th.”
 The exact composition dates of the lovely Two Romances for Violin and Orchestra are not known but they were probably written contemporaneously with the first Symphony (although they were not published until much later). The inspired, and brilliant Second Symphony, like the first, is still relatively conservative. However, we can hear Beethoven carefully adding more and more of his own fiery, visceral and athletic voice to the traditional symphonic recipe.
 
The Symphony #2 is a product of an incredibly fruitful period of six-months when, upon the advice of his doctor, Beethoven lived in Heiligenstadt, a quiet village in the Vienna Woods. With Mozart long dead and Haydn senile and retired from composing, it was in Heiligenstadt that Beethoven had come to accept that although he had vanquished his two great adversaries, there was now a much more powerful one to contend with. An adversary almost unimaginably formidable and menacing. His ever worsening deafness and the suffering it inflicted upon him would be his indomitable opponent for the rest of his life. It would cause him nearly unbearable psychological misery but it would also inspire a radical idea within him. He envisioned a revolutionary new role for the Artist which would directly result in some of his greatest works and would fire the imagination of generations of great composers to come: The Artist as the Romantic Hero!

Joseph Swensen (March 2019)

Tickets:
SEAT TYPE KINDS OF TICKETS PRICES
VIP
  • VIP Ticket
60 PLN
zone I
  • Zone I Normal Ticket
  • Zone I Reduced Ticket
45 PLN
35 PLN
zone II
  • Zone II Normal Ticket
  • Zone II Reduced Ticket
  • NFM For Young Musicians
40 PLN
30 PLN
15 PLN
zone III
  • Zone III Normal Ticket
  • Zone III Reduced Ticket
  • NFM For Young Musicians
35 PLN
25 PLN
15 PLN

Watch

Joseph Swensen | season highlights

Similar events

Last tickets: 19
22
May 2019 | Wednesday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Bach – Mass in B minor
 
Last tickets: 24
31
May 2019 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
The Carnival of the Animals
 
07
June 2019 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Confession of a Soul
 
14
June 2019 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Chopin, Mahler | Closing of the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic Season
 
15
June 2019 | Saturday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall, reversed stage
Polish Baroque
 
22
June 2019 | Saturday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Eroica
 
23
June 2019 | Sunday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
From Viennese Classicists to Operetta Classics
 
28
September 2019 | Saturday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
04
October 2019 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Opening of the Symphonic Season
 
06
October 2019 | Sunday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart – Viennese Classicists
 
11
October 2019 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
The Great Symphony
 
12
October 2019 | Saturday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Red Hall
Hebrew Songs
 
25
October 2019 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Tradition and Avant-Garde
 
26
October 2019 | Saturday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Red Hall
Tribute to the Master
 
08
November 2019 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Music Tells a Story
 
29
November 2019 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
A Cellist's Challenge
 
30
November 2019 | Saturday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Red Hall
Concertante | Bach, Mozart, Górecki, Danowicz
 
01
December 2019 | Sunday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Red Hall
Koželuh for Four Hands, Mozart for Two Pianos
 
06
December 2019 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Tchaikovsky's Last Work
 
07
December 2019 | Saturday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Red Hall
Slavic Passions
 
13
December 2019 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Power of the Absolute | Missa solemnis
 
14
December 2019 | Saturday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall, reversed stage
The Story of Art
 
20
December 2019 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
A Friend of Chopin
 
27
December 2019 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Most Beautiful Christmas Carols
 
07
January 2020 | Tuesday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
The New World
 
11
January 2020 | Saturday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Seven Deadly Sins
 
18
January 2020 | Saturday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Songs and Poems
 
24
January 2020 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Porpora – Opera Arias
Max Emanuel Cenčić at the NFM
31
January 2020 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Moniuszko – Pariah
 
07
February 2020 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra
 
08
February 2020 | Saturday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Red Hall
Portraits
 
14
February 2020 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Williams, Gershwin, Rachmaninoff
 
15
February 2020 | Saturday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Hymns and Songs
 
16
February 2020 | Sunday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Mediterranean Valentine's Day
 
21
February 2020 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Immortal Mozart
 
23
February 2020 | Sunday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall, reversed stage
Jesu, meine Freude
 
06
March 2020 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Contrasting Traditions
 
07
March 2020 | Saturday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Red Hall
The Power of Women
 
13
March 2020 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
The Seven Gates of Jerusalem
 
15
March 2020 | Sunday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
NDR Radiophilharmonie
 
20
March 2020 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Dancing Rhythms
 
21
March 2020 | Saturday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Red Hall
Bach at Zimmermann Café
The Early Music Day
22
March 2020 | Sunday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Red Hall
Transfigured Night
 
27
March 2020 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Absolute Music
 
01
April 2020 | Wednesday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
April Fools' Day in Vienna
 
03
April 2020 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Tales and Myths
 
08
April 2020 | Wednesday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
J.S. Bach – St John Passion
 
16
April 2020 | Thursday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Piotr Beczała | Polish Chamber Philharmonic Sopot
 
17
April 2020 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Red Hall
Walpurgis Night
 
24
April 2020 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
An Artist's Life Episode
 
25
April 2020 | Saturday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall, reversed stage
In Old Style
 
03
May 2020 | Sunday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Mozart vs Salieri
 
08
May 2020 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Echoes of the Past
 
09
May 2020 | Saturday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall, reversed stage
Canticum canticorum
 
22
May 2020 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Alpine Peaks
 
23
May 2020 | Saturday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
From Youth to Maturity
 
29
May 2020 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Music of the Tatra
 
05
June 2020 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Emperor Piano Concerto
 
07
June 2020 | Sunday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
The Virtuoso Tournament
 
13
June 2020 | Saturday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Elijah | Closing of the Symphonic Season
 
14
June 2020 | Sunday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
The Triple Concerto
 
19
June 2020 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Dreaming about Athens
 

NFM – City of Wrocław institution of culture co-managed by:

Wdrożenie e-usług w Filharmonii im. Witolda Lutosławskiego we Wrocławiu - etap 2 współfinansowany jest przez Unię Europejską ze środków Europejskiego Funduszu Rozwoju Regionalnego w ramach Regionalnego Programu Operacyjnego dla województwa dolnośląskiego na lata 2007 - 2013 oś priorytetowa 6. Wykorzystanie i promocja potencjału turystycznego o kulturalnego Dolnego Śląska (Turystyka i Kultura), działanie 6.5. Działania wspierające infrastrukturę turystyczną i kulturową.