An evening for Beethoven

Union Hall, Maribor

22. 9. 2020 at 19:30

Vilde Frang, Violin
Lawrence Power, Viola
Nicolas Altstaedt, Cello

Ludwig van Beethoven:
Serenade in D major for Violin, Viola and Cello, Op. 8
String Trio No. 5 in C minor, Op. 9, No. 3
String Trio No. 3 in G major, Op. 9, No. 1

The greatness of Beethoven’s art cannot be measured solely by the monumentality of his symphonic works alone – chamber music enthusiasts will surely agree that he made his greatest lasting impact on that more intimate genre. It is radical, expressive and often violent music that descends into the depths of the human spirit and intellect. Before he began composing his groundbreaking string quartets, however, Beethoven wrote a series of interesting compositions for smaller string ensembles. Among them are five trios in which he explored the instruments’ capabilities while seeking new compositional paths. As a result of this experimental spirit, Beethoven’s compositions for string trio differ quite strikingly from each other in character and intent.

Unravelling such a diverse and yet organically connected collection of works from the early part of Beethoven’s career is a task that must not be taken lightly by performers. An experienced string trio, Vilde Frang, Lawrence Power and Nicolas Altstaedt have gained penetrating insight into these works having performed them over the years. They will show Festival Maribor listeners that the ray of genius shines even upon the smallest crumbs – all it takes is a resonant spirit of equal genius.

* Tickets: 20 € / Senior 16 € / Students, Disability 10 €
Discounted tickets can be purchased at the Information office of Narodni dom Maribor or at the concert venue up to an hour before the concert.
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