Beethoven is the redoubt of familiarity from the 20th and 21st century music in the first half of Camerata Pacifica’s next concert. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security though… this is middle period Beethoven; his heroic period when, single handedly, he’s changing the direction of classical music.
It’s post-enlightenment Europe, flush with the ideals of the French Revolution which are sweeping the world. And this is Europe at war, one year after the premiere of the Eroica symphony originally dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte. After Napoleon declared himself Emperor, Beethoven famously and savagely scrubbed the dedication from the title page of the manuscript. ALL of this can be heard in this string quartet.
(Have a listen to the Enso Quartet playing the first movement: https://youtu.be/-05R71NoPz8)
Look at the Camerata String Quartet: Kristen Lee, Giora Schmidt, Richard O’Neill & Ani Aznavoorian.
This is a powerful program, and the most provocative in the ensemble’s history. Do. Not. Miss. It.
San Marino | Tuesday, April 4, 7:30 p.m.
Los Angeles | Thursday, April 6, 8:00 p.m.
Santa Barbara | Friday, April 7, 7:30 p.m.
Ventura | Sunday, April 9, 3:00 p.m.
Harbison Abu Ghraib
Daugherty Sing Sing: J Edgar Hoover
Daugherty Paul Robeson Told Me
Beethoven String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor,
Op. 59, No. 2, “Razumovsky”
Purchase tickets at CamerataPacifica.org or call (805) 884-8410.