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The Boston Beethoven Cycle: Concert 6 (Opp. 127 & 130)

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Dear friends,

We're overjoyed to invite you to the opening of the third season of the Boston Beethoven Cycle at Pucker Gallery! It's a surreal wonder to finally embark on the late Beethovens together, and we're so deeply grateful to share them with you.


We share this concert with two special colleagues and friends from our musical home of Kneisel Hall in Blue Hill, Maine (where we first met and played together a decade ago). Playing with Carter and Rose - those of you who heard Opp. 74 and 95 last spring will remember them! - in all their excitement at exploration, exuberant sharing, and inspiring artistry, is the kind of musical joy and ride (joyride, indeed) that the series means to us. (That, and: we are about to play the late Beethoven quartets, now, one by one, for YOU, and we can imagine no greater thrill or honor than that.)


For this season opener, we dive into the lates, with two of the wild miracles of all music bookending the program: Op. 127 and Op. 130 (in this performance with his Rondo finale; on May 23rd you'll hear it once more - alongside Op. 131[!!!] with the Große Fuge, so please save the date). The two pieces could not be more different: 127 with its heraldic exuberance, by turns generous and warm and a kind of raucously visceral that is so much Beethoven's irreplaceable and unique way of painting humanity; and 130 - the great Op. 130 - chromatic, youthful, intimate in a way that few pieces are and yet full of life-affirming anthems and ecstasies, quirky jokes and moments where you begin to cry without realizing what got you so deeply. These pieces are big; and you'll see that we've turned in our solo contemporary works, now that we've begun the late Beethovens, in favor of a contemporary string quartet for the middle of the program; not so contemporary, indeed, as Elliott Carter's gorgeous Elegy for string quartet - from 1943 - is a gem of his old, romantic, and yet already deeply personal style. It's a beautiful, gentle foil for these two huge Beethoven quartets (which - to be sure - Beethoven would insist need no foil, and yet which would handily break our hearts - yours, in the audience, and ours, onstage - into many pieces, if we couldn't take a moment to breathe over some beautiful old Americana).


We can't tell you how excited we are to play all this for you, especially with our two wonderful friends. Here's the program.


Gwen Krosnick & Ari Isaacman-Beck present:

The Boston Beethoven Cycle

at Pucker Gallery



Concert No. 5: Tuesday, January 22nd - 6pm

Ari Isaacman-Beck & Carter Coleman, violins
Rosemary Nelis, viola
Gwen Krosnick, cello




Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 12 in E-flat major, Op. 127

Elliott Carter: Elegy (1943) for String Quartet

(intermission)

Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat major, Op. 130




The Pucker Gallery seats sixty; so please reserve seats early to be sure you can join us. Please note the early start time for this concert: doors to the Gallery will open at 5:30pm, and the performance will begin at 6pm. Audience members are welcome to enter late through the rear staircase. Light refreshments will be served.


We can't wait to share this next moment with you in our Boston Beethoven Cycle: the complete quartets, in their wild and illuminating chronological (publishing) order, and interspersed - as we believe they should be in this great hometown of ours - with amazing contemporary music that illuminates them even further. It is a kind of joy we can't even explain to share 127 and 130 with these two incredible musician-friends of ours; and to know you'll be there listening. So: thank you. :)


All our best, with love,
Ari & Gwen


P.S. Please save the date: on May 23rd, we'll bring you the second of our three wild evenings with the late Beethoven Quartets. Carter Coleman and Rosemary Nelis join us again, and we'll play you Op. 130 again - this time, in May, with the "Great Fugue," Op. 133; there'll be a wonderful contemporary string quartet, a big breath, and the great unbelievable journey that is LvB's string quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131. (Expect 132 and 135, the close to this particular journey together, in fall 2019, date TBA.)

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