The three major works that Beethoven wrote for violin and orchestra, the Concerto in D Major and the two Romances, are performed on this Hybrid SACD
by the outstanding young violinist Liza Ferschtman and the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Jan Willem de Vriend.
Born to Russian parents, Netherlands-based violinist Liza Ferschtman is recognized as one of the most significant artists of her generation. In recent seasons Liza Ferschtman has performed with all the major Dutch orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Amsterdam Sinfonietta and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Residentie Orchestra, and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, and has worked with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Jaap van Zweden, Thierry Fisher, and Christoph von
Dohnányi. In 2006 Liza Ferschtman received the Dutch Music Award 2006, which is the highest distinction awarded to musicians in the Netherlands. She released her debut recording for Challenge Classics in 2007 with music for violin and piano by Beethoven and Schubert (CC72174), which was followed in early 2010 by a disc devoted to the solo violin music of Bach and Ysayë (CC72351).
After a memorable premiere in 1806, nothing was heard of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Then, 38 years later, in 1844, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy conducted a hugely successful performance of the piece during a London Philharmonic Society concert with the then 14-year-old Joseph Joachim as soloist.
“These are fine, thoughtful performances, noteworthy in several respects...the orchestra matches [Ferschtman's] clear, unfussy phrasing...Ferschtman's interpretation is constantly illuminating.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2011