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Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

October 10, 2021

It’s safe to say that without the virtuosity and imagination of Ludwig van Beethoven changing the course of music history, many of the most exciting chamber works would simply not exist. In a program that opens with Beethoven’s youthful and daring string trio, a succession of composers follows whose music was indelibly influenced by the master. Johann Nepomuk Hummel was at once Beethoven’s admirer, friend and rival, and his striking and seldom-heard quintet echoes both Beethoven’s creativity and pianistic wizardry. The gentle Schubert lived in Beethoven’s shadow, too shy to approach the great man, yet he did just that through music of incomparable personal transparency. And Felix Mendelssohn, regarded as the greatest musical prodigy of all time, concludes this celebration of Beethoven’s legacy with a sextet of novel design and thrilling brilliance.



Beethoven Connections

Trio in C minor for Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 9, No. 3

Quintet in E-flat for Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass, Op. 87

Rondo in A major for Piano, Four Hands, D. 951

Sextet in D major for Piano, Violin, Two Violas, Cello, and Bass, Op. 110

About the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS), the premier chamber music organization of its kind in the world today, is expanding its already considerable international presence. Under the artistic direction of David Finckel and Wu Han, Musical America’s 2012 Musicians of the Year, CMS brings its trademark artistic excellence to every touring performance, providing beautifully crafted programs that represent the very best of the chamber music art form, performed by world-renowned artists.

Meet The Artists

Wu Han


Richard Lin
Wu Qian


Arnaud Sussmann