Beethoven at Parnassus, Part II

August 17, 2020, 7:00 pm

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In the second part of a two-week series, we’ll take an in-depth look at this music of a master reaching the pinnacle of his abilities. Bill starts with Missa Solemnis and Consecration of the House and ends in the rarified atmosphere of Mt. Parnassus as we take on Opus 135 performed by the Guarneri Quartet. Robert Schumann said, “[Beethoven’s quartets] stand…on the extreme boundary of all that has hitherto been attained by human art and imagination.” In 1977 his quartets were added to the Time Capsule of Humanity and sent into space in Voyager I.


Episode 1

Ludwig van Beethoven: Missa Solemnis, Op. 123
New Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus/Klemperer; Söderström, soprano; Kmentt, tenor; Höffgen, alto; Talvela, bass
EMI 67547
9:26, 18:18, :30, 20:37

Episode 2

Beethoven: Missa solemnis, Op. 123
Agnus Dei
Dona nobis pacem
New Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus/Klemperer; Söderström, soprano; Kmentt, tenor; Höffgen, alto; Talvela, bass
EMI 67547
1:06, 1:39, 31:01

Beethoven: Consecration Of The House Overture, Op. 124
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Bernstein
Sony 47521
9:52, :54

Beethoven: String Quartet #12 In E-Flat, Op. 127
I. Maestoso, Allegro
Hagen Quartet
DG 4775705

Episode 3

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major, Op. 130
Emerson Quartet
DG 447075
1:03, 1:17, 25:12, 21:55, 3:06

Episode 4

Beethoven: String Quartet in C# minor, Op. 131
Orion Quartet
Koch 7683
1:16, 38:83

Beethoven: Bagatelles, Op. 126
No. 1 in G Major – Andante con moto cantabile e
No. 6 in E-Flat Major- Presto; Andante amabile e con
No. 5 in G Major- Quasi Allegretto
Glenn Gould, piano
Sony 541287
9:26, 2:15

Episode 5

Beethoven: String Quartet #15 In A Minor, Op. 132
Heiliger Dankgesang

2. Allegro Ma Non Tanto (excerpt)
3. Molto Adagio
4. Alla Marcia, Assai Vivace
5. Allegro Appassionato
Budapest Quartet
Sony Classical 62873
1:12, 1:36, 24:31

Beethoven: String Quartet in F, Op. 135
1. Allegretto
2. Vivace
3. Lento assai, cantante e tranquillo
4. Der schwer gefasste Entschluss: Grave – Allegro
Guarneri Quartet
Phi 422059