“Beethoven is just masterful at translating this dialogue about love into a duet for cello and piano, and you can really feel the interplay between the instruments in all the variations. And structurally, every variation has an inherent logic and a different character. – Zlatomir Fung
Fresh off his stunning Gold Medal triumph at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Heifetz alum, Tour veteran, and #Heifetz2019 Artist in Residence Zlatomir Fung joined pianist Rohan De Silva for a second-half Heifetz Sunday Matinee recital that began with Beethoven’s charming Seven Variations in E flat major for cello and piano on the aria Bei Männern welche Liebe fühlen (“In Men, who Feel Love”)- the Act I duet between Pamina and Papageno in Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute
Notes writer Ewa Siemdaj: “Of Beethoven’s three collections of variations for cello and piano, two were written on themes from Mozart’s Magic Flute. All belonged to the composer’s early works and were destined for the salon: their technical difficulty was adapted to the potential of amateur performance. This cycle of seven variations, a piece with no opus number was created in 1801 and published in the following year. Exact circumstances of its origin are unknown; only the dedication shows that it was a gift to Count Johann von Brown-Camus, described by the author as “the first patron of my muse”.
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