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Sunday, 20th and Monday, 21st of June are reserved for Ludwig van Beethoven’s Violin concert D Major and Symphony no. 1 by Sergei Prokofiev.

Srba Dinic, Staatsorchester Braunschweig and violinist Johannes Denhoff will perform at Statdhalle.

“When our classically inclined musicians and professors (to my mind faux-classical) hear this symphony, they will be bound to scream in protest at this new example of Prokofiev’s insolence,” Prokofiev wrote his opinion about Symphony no. 1 to his diary.

“[L]ook how he will not let even Mozart lie quiet in his grave but must come prodding at him with his grubby hands, contaminating the pure classical pearls with horrible Prokofievish dissonances,” he imagined them saying. “But my true friends will see that the style of my symphony is precisely Mozartian classicism and will value it accordingly, while the public will no doubt just be content to hear happy and uncomplicated music which it will, of course, applaud.”

On that account he was exactly right; with its impish sense of humor, impeccable craftsmanship and charming melodies, the symphony was a breath of fresh air, and it has remained one of the composer’s most popular works.

Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61, concerto for solo violin and orchestra by Ludwig van Beethoven that is one of the earliest and most frequently performed of violin concerti on such a grand scale. It premiered in Vienna on December 23, 1806. It was Beethoven’s only concerto for violin, and it is considered to be his most lyrical work.

It is the last solo auspiciousness of Staatsorchester Braunschweig 1st concertmaster Johannes Denhoff.