New York Philharmonic Brahms Violin Concerto
The New York Philharmonic is known for playing up to as many as 200 concerts per year. Thus, if anyone can successfully take up such a difficult challenge of playing a technically demanding tune, it is them. Their ability to host so many shows at a time has made them the only company in the whole of the United States to have an astonishing 15000 concerts in their portfolio. One might think that dealing with quantity would compromise the quality but somehow, the orchestra has managed to evade that stereotype ever since its inception in 1842. One way in which this excellence was achieved was through a careful selection process of leaders and the actual musicians. From the very beginning only the most credible people in the industry were considered for the job. The very first conductor and musical director was Ureli Corelli Hill
. To this date, he is the considered to the be one who set the bar so high for the entire orchestra that he successors simply followed in his footsteps to the tone she set for the rest of the house. Moreover, his work as a conductor was also exceptional and considered as the one to beat by other symphony orchestras of the time.
The current orchestra leader is Alan Gilbert
. He took the office in September of 2009 and chose no other co-conductors to support him. He has singlehandedly worked his way as the musical director and has been choosing difficult tasks for the orchestra so that their name as a technical entity further strengthens. He had succeeded Lorin Maazel
, who, in addition to the conducting duties, had also taken over managing all the musicians. Each leader had thus taken it upon them to take more responsibility that they were originally hired for, but that is exactly what made the orchestra what it is today. It is the reason why New York Philharmonic Brahms Violin Concerto tickets
sell out so quickly when other classical concerts do not attract attention. The New York Philharmonic has become somewhat of a trendsetter in the business; they are responsible for deciding what artistic or musical turn the country will take next. They are the preservers of classical music of this time. Not only that, but they have composed works that other orchestras around the country play and follow.
That being said, no one can deny that the task at their hand at the moment—the Brahms Violin Concert—could either be very successful, or end in disaster, simply because it is so technically demanding. The soloists are the ones who get the short end of the stick, for theirs is the most complicated part. Their tunes would consist of multiple stopping, rhythmic variations, broken chords and rapid scale changes every five minutes. What stands in their favor, however, is that the composition is in D major, a key friendly to violin players and the violin sound.
This composition first premiered in 1879, with the composer living up to his reputation of “being difficult”. When the show was first played, they started off with the “Beethoven Violin Concerto” and then debuted their own, causing much controversy. First, both pieces were in D major, worrying the managers that the show would become monotonous. Second, both compositions had striking similarities, although Brahms considered it homage to Beethoven. Still, with all the controversy, it has risen to the top as being one of the greatest violin compositions—that too by a pianist. The New York Philharmonic has a lot to prove to their fans with this piece.