All-Beethoven Chamber Music

An all-Beethoven chamber music program:

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 8 in G major, Op. 30, No. 3
Christine Lim, violin; Kate Liu, piano
This performance is part of three-year residency—consisting of coaching, lessons and a recital—led by Miriam Fried and Jonathan Biss (Piano ’01). The focus of the residency is the Violin Sonatas of Beethoven.

Composed in 1801 and 1802, this sonata marks a new sense of adventure in Beethoven’s compositional style, with unusual approaches to rhythm and syncopation. The composer dedicated the sonata to Tsar Alexander I of Russia. The movements are marked: 1. Allegro assai; 2. Tempo di minuetto, ma molto moderato e grazioso; 3. Allegro vivace.

Beethoven: Quartet No.9 in C major, Op. 59, No.3
Hsuan-Hao Hsu & Hyun Jae Lim, violins; En-Chi Cheng, viola; Summer Hu, cello
This performance was part of a recital featuring Beethoven’s Opus 59 “Razumovsky” Quartets, coached by Steven Tenenbom (Viola ’79), Curtis’ strings chamber music coordinator.

By 1805 and 1806, Beethoven had finally come to grips with the scourge of his own deafness, and proceeded to take the musical world in new directions with a series of heroic works, like the opera Fidelio and the Eroica symphony. Indeed, this quartet is sometimes called “Eroica” as well, referring to its dramatic journey through darkness to ultimate triumph.
The movements are marked: 1. Introduzione: Andante con moto—Allegro vivace; 2. Andante con moto quasi allegretto; 3. Menuetto: Grazioso; 4. Allegro molto.

Music Word of the Week: Razumovsky
Count Andrei Razumovsky spent a number of years as the Russian ambassador in Vienna. A talented amateur violinist, Razumovsky in 1806 commissioned Beethoven to compose three string quartets by which his name is most familiar to history.

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