Beethoven held his Sonata No. 11 in B Flat Major, Op. 22 in high regard among his works. He requested to his publisher that this work cost more than the full score of his piano concertos. Called “the crowning achievement of Beethoven's early grand sonatas,” this is not a dramatic sonata, but rather a work of art that is inspiring and a true marvel. The composer was partially deaf at this time, and one hears his choice of classical form and motifs throughout as if to go back to a time that would soon be lost.
Beethoven utilized the two-movement form earlier in his career, but for the first time in a mature work for his Sonata in F Major, Op. 54. The first movement is a minuet (a dance form in ¾ time) while the second (and last) movement is a cheerful moto perpetuo or a movement in perpetual motion.
In his last years, Schubert composed his two masterpieces, his Piano Trios. The first, his Piano Trio No. 1 in B Flat Major was described by fellow composer Robert Schumann as “passive, lyrical, and feminine… One glance at Schubert’s Trio, and the troubles of our human existence disappear and all the world is fresh and bright again.... Let the work, which he bequeathed to us, be a cherished inheritance. Time, though producing much that is beautiful, will not soon produce another Schubert!” It has upheld its status as a classic of the trio repertoire.
Artists: Frederic Chiu (Piano), Ilya Kazantsev (Piano), Misha Keylin (Violin), Sergey Antonov (Cello)
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Beethoven & Schubert - Newport Music Festival
- July 25, 2019
- Aldrich Mansion