What is Beethoven: The Late Great?
Beethoven: The Late Great is the Society's multi-year Beethoven celebration and musical exploration, curated by Dean Corey, into the final transcendence of one of the greatest composers of all time.
After watching the play 33 Variations, the story of a terminally ill musicologist racing against her own mortality trying to solve the riddle of why Beethoven wrote
33 variations of Anton Diabelli’s silly little waltz when he was only commissioned to write one, Mr. Corey was inspired to curate a number of Beethoven performances from his late period for the Philharmonic Society so audiences could explore this curious time in the composer’s life.
Join us on this exploration into Beethoven.
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Pre-concert Lectures by Dean Corey
9/1/2012 12:00:00 AM
All Beethoven: The Late Great
concerts will be preceded by pre-concert lectures featuring Philharmonic Society President and Artistic Director Dean Corey
Pre-concert lectures take place 1 hour prior to scheduled concert time and are complimentary to ticket holders.
Repertoire to be discussed and then performed include:
- - Parker Quartet
- BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135
- - Philharmonia Orchestra of London
- BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92
- BERLIOZ: Symphonie Fantastique
- - Beethoven's Missa Solemnis
- BEETHOVEN: Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123
- - Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
- BEETHOVEN: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Op. 112
- BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125
- - St. Lawrence String Quartet
- BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 12 in E-flat, Op. 127
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Upcoming Beethoven: The Late Great Concerts
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Beethoven: Complete Symphonies
Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Jan Willem De Vriend, conductor
"Strong, thrustful performances which make sense in terms of the music in
hand and the orchestra s own character and competence."
Awards Issue 2010
Beethoven: 9 Symphonies
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
The Monteverdi Choir
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor
Luba Orgonasova, soprano
Anne Sofie von Otter, soprano
Anthony Rolfe Johnson, tenor
Gilles Cachemaille, bass-baritone
Beethoven: String Quartets
This two-CD set from Decca includes the three Razumovsky quartets, Op. 59, of 1806, and the Harp Quartet, Op. 74, sometimes known as the Lobkowitz after its dedicatee, composed in 1809.
The Complete String Quartets
Alban Berg Quartet
7 CD box set featuring Ludwig van Beethoven string quartets performed by the Alban Berg Quartett, a string quartet founded in Vienna, Austria, in 1970 and named after the famous composer Alban Berg.
Alfred Brendel Plays Beethoven
Alfred Brendel, piano
Other Beethoven Resources
American Beethoven Society
An international organization of individuals devoted to the study and appreciation of Beethoven's life, music, and influence on culture and society to the present day.
Discover new or little known facts about the famous composer. Gain an insight into the work of the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn and make use of the varied services on offer. In the place where Ludwig van Beethoven was born, he is still at his most alive.
Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies at San Jose State University
The only institution in North America devoted solely to the life, works, and accomplishments of Ludwig van Beethoven.
Schulz's Beethoven: Schroeder's Muse
An online exhibit that explores the role of Ludwig van Beethoven's music in Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts
Beethoven: The Late Great Sponsors
For information on sponsorship of the Society's Beethoven: The Late Great
project, please contact:
Bonnie Brittain Hall
Vice President of Development
Philharmonic Society of Orange County
2082 Business Center Drive, Suite 100
Irvine, CA 92612
Tel: 949.553.2422, ext. 202