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.

Playlist

Episode 1

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis, Op. 123
Kyrie
Gloria
Credo
New Philharmonia Orchestra & amp; Chorus/Klemperer; Söderström, soprano; Kmentt, tenor.; Höffgen, alto; Talvela, bass
Beethoven: Missa Solemnis
EMI 67547
9:26, 18:18, :30, 20:37

Episode 2

Beethoven: Missa solemnis, Op. 123
Kyrie
Sanctus
Benedictus
Agnus Dei
Dona nobis pacem
New Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus/Klemperer; Söderström,
soprano.; Kmentt, tenor.; Höffgen, alto; Talvela, bass

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis
EMI 67547
1:06, 1:39, 31:01

Beethoven: Consecration Of The House Overture, Op. 124
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Bernstein
Violin Concerto / Overture “Consecration of the House” / Overture “Leonore III”
Sony 47521
9:52, :54

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

Hagen Quartet
Beethoven – String Quartets Op. 127 & 132
DG 4775705
6:12

Episode 3

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

Episode 4

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

Beethoven: Bagatelles, Op. 126
No. 1 in G Major – Andante con moto cantabile e compiacevole
No. 6 in E-Flat Major- Presto; Andante amabile e con moto
No. 5 in G Major- Quasi Allegretto
Glenn Gould, piano
Beethoven: Variations, Bagatelles
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
Beethoven: String Quartets Opp. 127, 131, 132 & 135
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
Beethoven: String Quartets Opp 130 & 133
Phi 422059
25:24