Academic journal article The Beethoven Journal

Report from the New York Chapter of the American Beethoven Society on Its Third and Fourth Seasons (1997-1999)

Academic journal article The Beethoven Journal

Report from the New York Chapter of the American Beethoven Society on Its Third and Fourth Seasons (1997-1999)

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The Chapter's 1997-98 season of concerts and lectures turned out to be a resounding success. More than fifty-five of the chapter's members attended our main event, the all-Beethoven concert given by the Berlin Symphony Concert on February 27, 1998. The sold-out concert, presented in conjunction with the Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, featured the Berlin Symphony in its American debut. Joseph Silverstein conducted the Fifth Symphony, Egmont Overture, and the Third Fortepiano Concerto with Derek Han as soloist. William Meredith gave a pre-concert talk in Lang Recital Hall on "Pathos and Triumph: Beethoven and C Minor."

The first four concerts of Seymour Lipkin's complete traversal of the complete fortepiano sonatas were also sold out and the performances were highly acclaimed by audience members. Mr. Lipkin teaches at both the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute. Over his distinguished career, he has performed all of Beethoven's works for and with fortepiano.

The season concluded with a stimulating talk on April 25, 1998 by renowned critic and author Harold Schonberg on "Beethoven's Tempos - Now and Then." Mr. Schonberg documented his premise - that in modern performances of Beethoven's music the tempos have become slower - with recorded excerpts from some fascinating historical performances and citations from contemporary sources about the performance of his music.

Events planned for the 1998-99 season include the completion of Seymour Lipkin's cycle of the fortepiano sonatas with concerts on October 20, 1998, December 15, 1998, February 9, and March 16, 1999. …

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