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The Beethoven Experience VI: Beethoven & Bach, Pt. 2

August 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

While our live concert series and symposia at the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse are on pause, our exploration of the complete string quartets of Beethoven in celebration of the composer’s 250th birth anniversary will shift to the digital realm, with gripping performances by the Borromeo Quartet, along with archival and newly-produced recordings, discussions, and commentary led by Heifetz Institute Artistic Director Nicholas Kitchen.

B.A.C.H. D.N.A, Pt. 2 – Beethoven’s Worship of Bach, Examined and Expressed in his Quartets


String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131

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The Beethoven Experience series on Rubato: The Heifetz Virtual Concert Hall is generously sponsored by Chris & Betsy Little.

From the Program Notes by Benjamin K. Roe:

“Of all the Beethoven quartets, the String Quartet No. 14 In C-Sharp minor, Op. 131 is the most ambitious: How seven such contrasting movements manage to complement each other and be so convincingly bound together is a miracle no amount of musical analysis can explain,” declares violinist Edward Dusinberre. The quartet also suggests that Bach may have served not only as wellspring of inspiration for Beethoven, but also as a late-in-life compass for a composer having to navigate through near-total deafness:  Biographer Lewis Lockwood: “Bach alone is the true background figure for this movement, in particular his Well-Tempered Clavier and its array of fugal masterpieces.”