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Work: Grosse Fuge - fugue for string quartet in B flat major, Op.133

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ComposerBeethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827)
PeriodRomantic
Work typeChamber
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ZürichLynn Harrell, Maxim Lando and Daniel Hope

Beethoven
Zurich Chamber Orchestra; Daniel Hope; Lynn Harrell; Maxim Lando

Saffron WaldenAbsolute Beethoven?

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BBC Symphony Orchestra; Joana Carneiro; Doric String Quartet

AmsterdamLate Beethoven

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Pavel Haas Quartet

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Nikolai-Quartett; Wilfried Hedenborg; Benjamin Morrison; Gerhard Marschner

SingaporePavel Haas Quartet

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Exploring the fugue with the Brodsky Quartet in Auckland

Brodsky Quartet © Duncan Matthews
This was a true tour de force and a fitting climax to a rather miraculous examination of counterpoint through musical history.
****1
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Utterly thrilling: Prelude – Skydiving from a Dream

Prelude – Skydiving from a dream © Louise Mather
Prelude – Skydiving from a Dream from Scottish Ensemble and Andersson Dance: mesmeric choreographed Bach and Lutosławski with a blistering performance of Beethoven’s Grosse Fugue played from memory and on the move. Thrilling, daring and exciting.
*****
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Brilliant 100th anniversary season closer from The Cleveland Orchestra

Franz Welser-Möst at the podium (17 May concert) © Ken Blaze, courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra
A line-up of well-matched vocal soloists and a chorus in top form, along with passionate conducting by Franz Welser-Möst made for a memorable closing concert of this important milestone season.
*****
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Borodin Quartet plays Shostakovich and Beethoven

Borodin Quartet © Keith Saunders
The Borodin Quartet seemed safely in their comfort zone with a selection of staple works from Shosatkovich and Beethoven. 
***11
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Cleveland Orchestra and Thibaudet vs. Mother Nature: Beethoven and Liszt at Blossom Festival

Sometimes the creations of humans, no matter how artistic, can’t compete with the drama of nature. Such was the case this past Saturday evening at Blossom Music Center, the summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra (about a 45-minute drive south of Cleveland) in their first weekend of concerts for the season.
***11
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