Arriving in the great musical city of Vienna in November of 1792, Ludwig van Beethoven, already celebrated as a virtuoso pianist and master improviser, held back as a composer for several years, revising the best of his earlier works, writing new pieces and learning what he could from Franz Joseph Haydn. As one of the leading pianists of his generation, Beethoven intended to premier all of his chamber works with piano, this music quite personal to him. And although his early chamber pieces offer a musical language and technique familiar to musicians and audiences of the late 18th century, these works also demonstrate immediately his profoundly authentic, assured and original voice. With its second concert of the season, the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble, now in its 16th year of performances presented a concert wholly devoted to chamber pieces written by Beethoven and published in Vienna. Offered on Tuesday, October 30th at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Oklahoma City, the program featured special guest violinist Aaron Berofsky and the Variations on "Ich bin der schneider Kakadu" for piano trio, the Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 5 in F Major, Op 24 (Spring) and the Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano No. 5 in D Major Op 70, No. 1 (Ghost.)
This program airs Saturday, January 5th, 8pm, on Classical 88.7 HD-1.