12 September
Jeroen Riemsdijk – Piano
Tosca Opdam – Violin
Dana Zemtsov – Viola
Pamela Smits – Cello

"Music can change the world"
- Ludwig van Beethoven

In 1796, the then 26-year old virtuoso pianist Beethoven makes his first long concert tour that also takes him to the court of the King of Prussia Friedrich Wilhelm II. There he met the virtuoso cellist Jean Pierre Duport who also taught the king the intricacies of cello playing. Although this sonata is dedicated to the king, Beethoven composed the sonatas Opus 5, No. 1 and No. 2 for Duport and himself and also performed them several times at court. At this concert you will hear the second one of these sonatas.

The string trio - violin, viola and cello - was very popular in the aristocratic salons in Vienna at the end of the 18th century. The String Trio Trio in E flat major, Op. 3 was Beethoven's first string ensemble composition, modeled after Mozart's famous Divertimento for string trio (K.563) from 1788. In the hands of the young inventive craftsman Beethoven, a groundbreaking masterpiece was created and this immediately brought him international attention as a composer.

Beethoven 2.1

Initially, Olli's Celestial Lights was planned for early February, but unfortunately we were forced to cancel it and have moved it to next season. A different concert is offered now. Live chamber music by a young and not yet deafened Beethoven, played by top musicians.

Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata for piano and cello
Opus 5 no. 2 in G minor

Ludwig van Beethoven
String trio Opus 3 in E flat major

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