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Music Mountain #16 recorded, 9/6/09

From: Music Mountain
Series: Music Mountain 2009 Chamber Music Concerts
Length: 01:56:03

The sixteenth concert of the 2009 Music Mountain Chamber Music Festival played by The Shanghai String Quartet: Weigang Li, Violin; Honggang Li, Viola; Yi-Wen Jiang, Violin; Nicholas Tzavaras, Cello; Assisting Artist: Juana Zayas, Piano

2001_hall_small String Quartet In C Major, Opus 59 # 3;  Ludwig van Beethoven
-Introduzione: Andante con moto; Allegro vivace
-Andante con moto quasi Allegretto
-Menuetto: Grazioso
-Allegro molto

String Quartet In F Major
;  Maurice Ravel
-Allegro moderato- très doux     
-Assez vif- très rhythmé
-Très lent
-Vif et agité

INTERMISSION
 
Piano Quintet In E Flat Major, Opus 44; Robert Schumann
-Allegro brilllante
-In Modo d’una Marcia: Un poco largamente
-Scherzo: Molto vivace
-Allegro ma non troppo
 
HISTORIC ENCORE:
Dvorak: String Quartet in C major, opus 61 played by the Gordon String Quartet

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Piece Description

String Quartet In C Major, Opus 59 # 3;  Ludwig van Beethoven
-Introduzione: Andante con moto; Allegro vivace
-Andante con moto quasi Allegretto
-Menuetto: Grazioso
-Allegro molto

String Quartet In F Major
;  Maurice Ravel
-Allegro moderato- très doux     
-Assez vif- très rhythmé
-Très lent
-Vif et agité

INTERMISSION
 
Piano Quintet In E Flat Major, Opus 44; Robert Schumann
-Allegro brilllante
-In Modo d’una Marcia: Un poco largamente
-Scherzo: Molto vivace
-Allegro ma non troppo
 
HISTORIC ENCORE:
Dvorak: String Quartet in C major, opus 61 played by the Gordon String Quartet

Transcript

PROGRAM NOTES

STRING QUARTET IN C MAJOR, Op. 59, No. 3; “Hero”
by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

The subtitle “Hero” (or “Eroica”) refers to the last movement of the quartet and acknowledges its truly mighty conception. Just as Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony vastly expanded the scope of symphonic writing, so the grandiose finale of the third “Rasoumowsky” Quartet made all previous string quartets seem modest by comparison.

The eerie introduction that opens the quartet, without any forward motion and seemingly suspended in time, seems to contradict Beethoven’s tempo direction, Andante con moto (“moderate speed with motion”). The jaunty first theme is, in effect, “kicked off” by a short upbeat and long arrival note- a rhythmic figure that remains important throughout the movement. Several other first group themes gradually lead to the start of the exuberant second subject- the first...
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