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Vieuxtemps, Henri
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A minor, Op. 37Composer: Vieuxtemps, Henri
Performance date: May 19, 2005

Date composed: 1861

The Belgian violinist-composer Henri Vieuxtemps is mostly forgotten today, but he was regarded by his nineteenth-century peers with the utmost awe and respect. The fifth of his seven violin concertos was used as a test piece for conservatory graduates. As one might expect, it incorporates passages of both gentle lyricism and fiery virtuosity.  
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