Pierre Rode: Violin Concerto No. 10 in B Minor, Op. 19 (Rode010)
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Year of Publication: 2006
Instrumentation: Vn; fl 2ob 2fag 2cor 2trbe timp 2vn va vc/b
The first movement, Moderato, of Rode's Violin Concerto No. 10 in B minor, probably written between 1804 and 1808, begins with a martial orchestral statement, and, unlike Concerto No. 7, includes trumpets in the orchestra.
After the usual peregrinations, the soloist emerges with a dramatic lyrical statement that, after passage-work, devolves to one of Rode's signature dolce themes; the first solo ends in a flurry of passage-work ending on a trill.
The soloist's next entrance features a passage in double stops (relatively rare in Rode) and later triplets. From his Eighth Concerto onward Rode often connected his second and third movements by a cadenza for solo violin, and he follows that procedure in the Adagio of his Tenth Concerto. The ensuing Tempo di polacca is a delightful and sparkling conclusion to the concerto.