by Daniel Hathaway
What might LvB have thought of having 90 young musicians — led by a professional string quartet — perform the fugue that ends his Quartet Op. 59, No. 3?
That was a present from the Cavani Quartet and the participants in the “Beyond Beethoven” project for the composer’s 250th Birthday — plus one, thanks to the novel coronavirus that put this and many other celebrations off for a year.
Though he could be notoriously cranky, let’s hope that Beethoven enjoyed hearing the fugue from his throne in the Empyrean as much as its performers obviously relished playing it down below. [Read more…]