Beethoven : Chamber Music Concert at Disney Concert Hall 10/9/13

October 9, 2013

I attended the chamber music concert at Disney Concert Hall yesterday. Except one guest artist, all of the performers were from LA Phil, and the concert program was All Beethoven, including Sextet Op. 8, String Trio Op. 9 No. 3, and String Quartet Op. 131. First of all, it was a very refined and inspiring concert. During String Quartet Op. 131, I was thinking that of course Beethoven never heard this music. He could not hear it. That thought made me to be emotional. Op. 131 has everything human being has. Few days before Schubert died, he heard this music. Schubert was overwhelmed and reportedly said: “after this, what is left for us to write?” The piece is tender, sweet, powerful, sad, fun, humorous, sublime, grave, melancholic, loving…… All movements are connected so that the entire piece is played without pause. Of course, the piece is complex, but we don’t feel so. The listeners would be involved intensely, and the music will flow tenderly and expressively. For us pianists, we are very lucky to have late 5 sonatas by Beethoven, Op. 101, 106, 109, 110, and 111. But this Op. 131 stands in the very special place.

This weekend I will perform Goldberg Variations in Santa Rosa, CA. I look forward for my 7th music journey with Goldberg Variations.

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