Aspen Music Festival And School

A Recital by Stefan Jackiw violin, Alisa Weilerstein cello, and Inon Barnatan piano

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With special thanks to Gail and Al Engelberg
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BEETHOVEN: Violin Sonata No. 1 in D major, op. 12, no. 1
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, op. 13, “Pathétique”
BEETHOVEN: Cello Sonata in D major, op. 102, no. 2
BEETHOVEN: Piano Trio in D major, op. 70, no. 1, “Ghost”

The “dream team” of violinist Stefan Jackiw, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, and pianist Inon Barnatan play an all-Beethoven program featuring works from his early, middle, and late periods.

Between the ages of 27 and 32, Beethoven composed 10 violin sonatas and never revisited the form again. The first three sonatas were dedicated to Antonio Salieri. Although affable and accessible to modern ears, they confounded critics of Beethoven’s day, one of whom found listening to them like “being lost in a forest.”

Beethoven’s 8th Piano Sonata is second only to the “Moonlight” in its popularity. It’s believed that Beethoven’s publisher gave the work its nickname, much to his liking. This powerfully expressive work is in the same C minor key as Beethoven’s 5th Symphony.

The Cello Sonata op. 102 no. 2 dates from late in Beethoven’s life and has a dramatic and profoundly spiritual quality. Sink into the gorgeous prayer-like slow movement and then be carried away by the rollicking fugue of the finale which also conveys a sense of defiant triumph.

Beethoven’s friend and most famous piano student, composer Carl Czerny gave the “Ghost” Trio its nickname. He said the second movement reminded him of the ghost of Hamlet’s father. He was on the right track. Beethoven was discussing an opera based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth at the time, and this music may have been meant for a scene of the three witches. The opera never saw the light of day, but the nickname stuck. Celebrate Beethoven with three of the most extraordinary artists of our time!

Performances will be 75 minutes and there will be no intermission. Please check the “Concert Protocols” page before attending for the most up-to-date protocols.

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO