LA Phil Drops Amazing Performances for Beethoven’s Late Genius

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LA Phil gave another set of stellar performances with their Beethoven’s Late Genius program.

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Last night, LA Phil took on three wonderful scores that were emotional and inspiring and interpreted the music beautifully.

The program included Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet in E-flat, Op. 33, No. 2, “The Joke,” which was light and whimsical and full of humor with its fun and surprising ending. The performance included Allegro moderato, Scherzo: Allegro, Largo, and Presto. Stacy Wetzel and Michelle Tseng were on violin, Minor L. Wetzel on viola and Ben Hong on cello. 

Next, was a rendition of American composer, Lowell Liebermann’s Trio No. 1 for Flute, Cello, and Piano, Op. 83. This trio was in four movements, Allegro, Moderato, Largo and Presto and included Catherine Ransom Karoly on flute, Jonathan Karoly on cello and Steven Vanhauwaert on piano. Liebermann has 130 works under his belt and is the most frequently performed and recorded living composers. The piece began very strong and robust, while the middle left room for the flute and cello to dance and finished with a fiery ending.

After intermission, attendees enjoyed one of the most beloved composers of all time with Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132 which included Assai sostenuto — Allegro, Allegro ma non tanto, Molto adagio — Andante, Alla marcia, assai vivace, and Allegro appassionato. Nathan Cole and Akiko Tarumoto were on violin, Ben Ullery on viola and Dahae Kim performed on cello. Beethoven composed this piece while he had fallen ill and was actually deaf. He inscribed his slow movement with the words, “Hymn of Thanksgiving to the Divinity from a convalescent, in the Lydian mode.” You can hear the emotion within the score and it was easy to get lost and engulfed by this powerful piece.

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