There used to be a stereotype about contemporary classical music specialists: Sure, they can knock out complex rhythms, find microtones and perform unusual instrumental techniques, but they can’t play Beethoven. Like all stereotypes, it was a gross exaggeration drawn from isolated examples, but 30 years ago, there were some mediocre performances of the classics by new music authorities to which naysayers could smugly point.
Any composer is lucky to write something that performers want to play and audiences love hearing, but there’s a catch. Their most popular works overshadow their other compositions, no matter how excellent they are. Take Beethoven. He wrote 10 sonatas for violin and piano. All are worth hearing, but I’ll give you 5-to-1 odds that you’ll get either No. 5 (“Spring”) or No. 9 (“Kreutzer”) on any recital featuring his sonatas.
For more than 250 years, the combination of two violins, viola and cello has attracted composers. In the medium of the string quartet, composers have uttered their most profound musical thoughts, from Haydn and Beethoven up to Alfred Schnittke and Brian Ferneyhough. Wednesday’s SummerFest concert at UC San Diego’s Conrad Prebys Concert Hall examined three instances where an extra instrument joined a string quartet. Beethoven’s “String Quintet in C Major, Opus 29” calls for an additional viola.
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