The Calidore String Quartet undertakes the epic artistic project of performing Beethoven’s entire quartet cycle. These concerts are sold out in person, but Livestream tickets are still available. Livestreams begin at the time of the performance and can be watched for one week. The performances are preceded by “Inside the Quartets” talks by renowned cellist David Finckel, tickets for which are available here: https://musicatmenlo.org/festival/inside-the-quartets
Napoleon Bonaparte’s 1809 bombardment of Vienna heralded a change in Beethoven’s personal life, and not for the better. Beset by increasing deafness and other health issues, his misfortunes would soon be compounded by the custody suit for guardianship of his nephew. As the sun set on Beethoven’s heroic period, he embarked on another search for his new musical persona, his next reason to compose.
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: POST-HEROIC BEETHOVEN
String Quartet in E-flat major, op. 74, op. 127
String Quartet in F minor, op. 95