Academic journal article The Beethoven Journal

News from the New York Chapter of the American Beethoven Society (March 1996)

Academic journal article The Beethoven Journal

News from the New York Chapter of the American Beethoven Society (March 1996)

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THE EVENING OF MARCH 18, 1996 SAW THE SECOND MAJOR PRESENTATION SPONSORED BY the New York Chapter of the American Beethoven Society. The sold-out event, which took place in the Danny Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, featured the performance of three of Beethoven's sonatas for fortepiano and violin: the "Spring" Sonata, Opus 24 in F Major; the "Archduke" Sonata, Opus 96 in G Major; and the Sonata in C Minor, Opus 30, no. 2. The splendid artists were Josef Suk, violin, and Susan Kagan, piano. (The first event sponsored by the New York Chapter celebrated the November 1995 launching of the branch; it featured a lecture/recital by renowned pianist Jacob Lateiner - see The Beethoven Journal 10 (1995): 84-85).

Kagan and Suk have frequently collaborated both on stage and on disc; their perfect ensemble work is the fruit of their long experience together. The two have recorded the music of Beethoven's only composition student, the Archduke Rudolph, on a Koch compact disc. The disc, which contains Rudolph's Sonata for Violin and Fortepiano and his Forty Variations for Fortepiano, received three Grammy nominations and has been highly praised by reviewers. Suk and Kagan also plan to record the complete Beethoven violin sonatas. Kagan's recording of three of Mozart's early concertos with the Suk Chamber Orchestra will be released by Vox Classic by the end of May 1996. …

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