Sonatas for piano and cello, performed by pianist Yael Kareth and cellist Adi Tal:
Sonata for cello and piano No. 4 in C major, Op. 102, No. 1
Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69
After the concert – An intimate panel with the performers about their artistic work.
Beethoven the innovator
Ludwig van Beethoven was able to express himself through many styles, and with each of them he created and invented new models of musical expression. While his symphonies commanded a wide audience from the outset, his chamber music came from a different starting point, a more intimate place, from a profound internal dialogue between the creator and the man, a kind of sanctuary which the listener is invited to enter. Beethoven's chamber works are refined pieces of music that bring to the world of the concert hall a distinct challenge, where each performance of a work reveals to the listener more and more levels. Together with the trios, the quartets, and the ensembles of string and wind instruments (both with and without piano), the sonatas that Beethoven composed for violin and piano, and for cello and piano are outstanding. These are works that grip the listener with their changes of mood, and the drama which storms through each one of them. The writing for piano and violin, or for piano and cello, makes technical demands on the performers, and is innovative and daring in its musical style. In this concert you will hear a selection of works for cello and piano, opening a window to a new Beethoven, different from the Beethoven of the symphonies and the string quartets. In a discussion with the musicians, we shall attempt to unravel together the magic secret of this special genre of Beethoven's output.