Borromeo String Quartet with Nicholas Cords, viola [CONCERT]

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Explore musical relationships in Beethoven’s late works with the preeminent Borromeo String Quartet. Part of our Beethoven @250 celebration.

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Explore musical relationships in Beethoven’s late works with the preeminent Borromeo String Quartet, featuring his op. 130 string quartet and the legendary Grosse Fuge, labelled by Stravinsky as “an absolutely contemporary piece of music that will be contemporary forever.” Renowned violist Nicholas Cords joins the quartet for a performance of Beethoven’s 8th symphony in transcription. Hailed for its passionate and fearless performances, the Borromeo carries listeners through extremes of expression, from intimate to triumphant, playing monumental works to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

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BEETHOVEN/ANONYMOUS/KITCHEN Selection from Symphony no. 7 in A major, op. 92: II

BEETHOVEN/ANONYMOUS/KITCHEN Symphony no. 8 in F major, op. 93

BEETHOVEN Quartet in B-flat major, op. 130

BEETHOVEN Grosse Fuge, op. 133

The 2020-2021 season of Concerts from the Library of Congress: Virtually the best

Our 2020-2021 season will be presented entirely virtually, through a freshly-conceived portal to our concerts, conversations, lectures and much more, available free of charge to everyone. In our 96th season, encountering unprecedented times and unpredictable challenges, we embark on an exciting venture: to share our concerts, and the Library’s magnificent music collections, with the widest possible audience worldwide. New music and new media come together in a year that sees a mini-fest of Latinx composers and the world premieres of four new Library of Congress commissions. Two virtual residencies feature the JACK Quartet and violinist Jennifer Koh, visionary artists fired by a passion to reflect the rich diversity in our society and our music. (Re)Hearing Beethoven is a festive 250th birthday celebration you absolutely can’t miss: performances of revelatory transcriptions of the composer’s nine symphonies introduced by artists and scholars in programs devised for deep immersion in our Beethoven treasures.

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