Academic journal article The Beethoven Journal

Report from the New York Chapter of the American Beethoven Society on Its Second and Third Seasons (1996-1998)

Academic journal article The Beethoven Journal

Report from the New York Chapter of the American Beethoven Society on Its Second and Third Seasons (1996-1998)

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OUR SECOND SEASON, IN 1996-97, WAS A CAUSE FOR PRIDE. Each of the three events we presented was attended by a large and enthusiastic audience: first, our major event, Claude Frank's splendid recital in the Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse in November; then an illuminating and entertaining master class taught by Karl Ulrich Schnabel; and finally, an informative panel discussion on CD recordings of Beethoven's symphonies in which the panel members offered practical guides to available recordings. Furthermore, we were able, with membership funds, to make a substantial contribution toward the purchase of an important new acquisition for the Beethoven Center collection, a rare first edition of Beethoven's "Appassionata" Sonata, Opus 57.

We launched our third season, with a greatly enlarged schedule of planned events, on October 21, 1997 with a brilliant, sold-out recital by American pianist Seymour Lipkin, one of eight all-Beethoven sonata programs he will give over this season and the next. The programs, paralleling a similar series Mr. Lipkin is giving at the Isabella Stewart Gardiner Museum in Boston, comprise a mix of sonatas from Beethoven's early, middle, and late periods. Seymour Lipkin, who teaches at both the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute, has, during a distinguished concert and recording career, performed all of Beethoven's works for and with piano. The remaining recitals of this season's cycle will be given on December 16 (perhaps Beethoven's birthday! …

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