Science and Art: Beethoven’s 14th String Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131

October 31st, 2010 |
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Beethoven’s 14th String Quartet, a tangled seven movement masterpiece, has been regarded by some as the pinnacle of art music. It was never conceived to be played for an audience (few of his quartets were) but an orchestrated version helped to popularize it in the 1800s. This weekend, Gidon Kremer and his Kremerata Baltica take on the chamber orchestra version of the quartet with a performance at Zellerbach Hall at UC Berkeley. In a survey of the quartet, Professor Robert Winter, a leading expert on Beethoven quartets, comments on the music and the life of the composer.

Total time – 17:08

Interviewee:
Robert Winter, Professor of Music, UCLA

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