July 8, 2020

8:00 pm | Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall

Free Pre-Concert Recital | 7:00pm

Concert Overview | 8:00pm

String Quartet in F Major (original transcription from Piano Sonata in E Major, Op. 14 No. 1)

Beethoven, fed up with second-rate transcriptions of his work, decided to arrange his Op. 14 No. 1 piano sonata for string quartet spotlighting his skill as an adaptor.

String Quartet in F Major, Op. 59 No. 1

The ‘Rasumovsky’ quartets loosely interpret a Russian melody in honor of the commissioner of the work; the first in the series plays with expectations by setting the regularly somber tune to a jaunty tempo.

String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130 (with Grosse Fuge, Op. 133)

The massive Grosse Fuge was originally the final movement of the Op. 130 quartet, but Beethoven’s friends and publisher convinced him to write a new finale. We hear the quartet as Beethoven first conceived the work.


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