Beethoven's Opus 61a posted by Setrak Setrakian
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|Opus 61a by Ludwig van Beethoven is Beethoven's own arrangement of his Violin Concerto, op. 61 for piano and orchestra. It is sometimes called his "Piano Concerto No. 6". Beethoven wrote new cadenzas for this arrangement, dedicating it to Julie von Breuning.|
Yes indeed, I know there is a recording in brilliant "complete Beethoven edition", it is suprising to hear that concerto. There is also an arrangement of the same concerto but for cello, I have that recording with Popov, the Sofia Symphonic Orchestra, conducted by Edwards, label Gega. This is a modern transcription though.
On August 29, 2008 Setrak Setrakian wrote:
|I own the "Complete Beethoven" set (a good and worth-while purchase by the way), and have listened to the transcription with, of course, the altenate cadenzas. I still would only call it transcription though, rather than a "Piano Concerto No. 6", because even though the cadenzas are different, the thematic elements are the same overall (which is to be expected of course), and while in the formal solo concerto form (as opposed to the earlier concerto grosso) the first cadenza at the end of the primary exposition is a defining characteristic (which Beethoven altered in the transcription), in my opinion the similarity of the rest of the form to the "original" would seem to constitute it to be understood as a transcription of a composition originally for violin, rather than a piano concerto in the spirit of the other five.|
|Well thank you for useful information, I will be very happy to have Cello version, I can't find CD in Lebanon.
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