This year marks the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth. Musicians of the Concertgebouworkest are honouring the master with this varied Close-up concert, featuring Beethoven’s delightful Septet in E-flat major, preceded by Haydn, Yun and Fribbins.
As you probably know, this year marks the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth. It’s a year filled with commemorations and tributes honouring this giant among composers. This special Close-up concert is no exception, and features seven musicians of the Concertgebouworkest, string and wind players, honouring Beethoven with a performance of his substantial and influential Septet in E-flat major. This is magnificent chamber music to which each instrument contributes.
The ensemble, made up of wind and string instruments, was innovative for the time, as was the prominent role given to the clarinet alongside the violin. The work inspired Schubert, for instance, to compose his Octet, also in E-flat major, except with one additional violin. The British composer Peter Fribbins also wrote a septet, entitled The Zong Affair, in which he drew inspiration from Turner’s painting The Slave Ship. The programme kicks off with an equally compelling wind trio by Isang Yun and an upbeat string trio by Beethoven’s mentor, Joseph Haydn.
For years, musicians of the Concertgebouworkest have been giving chamber music concerts in the Recital Hall as part of the Close-up Series. These intimate concerts organised by the Friends of the Concertgebouw and the Concertgebouworkest present a unique opportunity to enjoy up close these outstanding musicians’ individual qualities in small ensembles.