A 200-year old arrangement of one of Beethoven’s most beloved symphonies, brought to life in America for the very first time in Francis Auditorium. How’s that for a Video of the Week?
Violinist Nicholas Kitchen from the Borromeo Quartet (the Quartet-in-Residence at the Heifetz Institute) has taken a keen and well-documented interest in working with Beethoven manuscripts. This inadvertently led him to the discovery in Europe of an arrangement from Beethoven’s time that had gone unplayed and unheard for more than a century and a half….and never on this side of the Atlantic!
While in residence at the Heifetz Institute in 2017, Nicholas created and edited a modern transcription of the 1816 arrangement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 written for two violins, two violas, and cello., and made it a project to study and perform the second and fourth movements of the symphony that in its full-blown orchestral form has been famously called “The Apotheosis of the Dance.”
Check out the remarkable results – in a performance that one prominent critic has labeled “weirdly effective.” This Heifetz Sunday Matinee performance features half the Borromeo Quartet – Nicholas Kitchen and cellist Yeesun Kim, and three #Heifetz2017 students: violinist Hannah Cho, and violists Emily Liu and Isabella Bignasca.
Nick Kitchen and the Borromeos will be back as our Quartet in Residence for #Heifetz2018 – we can’t wait to see what their next project will be! And if you like our Videos of the Week, you can subscribe here!