For the first virtual performance of our 10th Season, we join the worldwide celebration of Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary while focusing on the three periods of his artistic life as seen through the prism of works for cello and piano. The Seven Variations on Mozart’s Magic Flute show the young Beethoven’s direct relationship with his compositional predecessor. The Third Cello Sonata, written just after the immortal Fifth Symphony, showcases the master's “Heroic” Period, as well as the coming-of-age of the idiom. Lastly, the most unusual Fourth Sonata, ushering in the experimental Late Period, provides both a look into Beethoven’s own historical research and his intricate way forward. Join us for the brief exploration of the works, their performance, followed by a Q&A with Apex artistic directors.
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
7 Variations on “Bei Männern, welche Liebe Fühlen”, WoO46 (1801)
Sonata for Piano and Cello in A Major, Op. 69 (1808)
Sonata for Cello and Piano in C Major, Op. 102 No.1 (1815)