Rachmaninov & Beethoven at Seattle Symphony, Feb. 16

Posted on February 15, 2016, 10:24 am
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Still riding the wave of intimacy and romanticism from Valentine’s Day? Join musicians from Seattle Symphony for a program highlighting chamber works by Rachmaninov and Beethoven on Tuesday, February 16. The performance will be held in Benaroya Hall’s smaller venue, the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall.

Rachmaninov’s Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G minor will begin the evening, with its heartwrenching melodic lines weaving between the featured violin, cello and piano. The last of Beethoven’s Razumovsky quartets, String Quartet No. 9 in C major, No. 3, explores harmonic obscurity as foil to its lively C major themes. (Interestingly, this particular quartet is also nicknamed “Eroica,” much like Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 which the Symphony just performed this past weekend.)

The evening is rounded out with Debussy’s Cello Sonata, arranged for cello and harp. Seattle Symphony Principal Harpist Valerie Muzzolini Gordon will be featured on this piece, using her considerable talent to accompany the equally demanding cello melody. The seldom-performed Albéric Magnard’s Quintet for Piano and Winds will conclude the program, in keeping with the introspective Romantic mood.

Tickets are available on the Seattle Symphony’s website.

Seattle Symphony Does Rachmaninov & Beethoven

When: Tuesday February 16, 7:30 PM

Where: Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall (200 University St.)

Claire Biringer is a Seattle-based music lover, educator and writer. She holds an MA in Music History from University of Washington, where her primary research involved contemporary opera and its social implications. She enjoys using music and writing to build communities and broaden minds.

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