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.
Trio in C minor for Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 9, No. 3
Quintet for Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass in E-flat, Op. 87
Rondo for Piano, Four Hands in A major, D. 951
Sextet in D major for Piano, Violin, Two Violas, Cello, and Bass, Op. 110