Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 11, commonly known as “Serioso” is the heart of our upcoming March 6 Bravo concert. One of 16 string quartets from the master (and, like his symphonies, cornerstones of Western culture) this 1810 work was famously “orchestrated” by composer/conductor Gustav Mahler to transform it from four solo players to a full string orchestra in 1898.
Conductors and orchestras, hungry for more Beethoven than his nine landmark symphonies supplied, have been tapping his quartets for such treatment since.
Mahler revered Beethoven, and we hear that in his expanded arrangement that embraces all the composition’s intensity, expression, drama, intricacy and joy.
The concert opener, Mendelssohn’s captivating String Symphony No. 7, is one of 13 he wrote as a teen, full of exuberance and precocious brilliance.
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• Felix Mendelssohn, String Symphony (Sinfonia) No. 7 in D minor
• Ludwig van Beethoven, String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95 “Serioso”