Julia Fischer plays Beethoven’s Violin Concerto: An Open Rehearsal

The immensely talented Julia Fischer, 2007 Gramophone Artist of the Year, returns to perform Beethoven’s glorious Violin Concerto, which didn’t fully reveal its beauties until it found a capable champion four decades after the composer wrote it. The sweep and military feel of Nielsen’s epic Fifth Symphony suggest a deeply felt response to World War I. Maestro Blomstedt is one of the world’s foremost interpreters of his work.

“[Julia Fischer] plays with a remarkably sweet tone (evoking melting caramel perhaps) and long, refined phrases that have an operatic quality to them.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES

Katharine Hanrahan Open Rehearsal is a working rehearsal. The pieces rehearsed are at the conductor’s discretion.


Herbert Blomstedt


Julia Fischer


San Francisco Symphony



Violin Concerto


Symphony No. 5

All sound clips are from San Francisco Symphony performances and are used with permission of the SFS Players Committee.

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