We open our Sunday afternoon chamber series with Beethoven’s charming E-flat major septet.
Premiered in Vienna at the turn of the nineteenth century, the Septet can be classified as divertimento, from the Italian for ‘diversion’: the kind of light-hearted entertainment one might enjoy at a high-brow house party in the late 1700s. Indeed, the composer was reportedly vexed by the Septet’s persistent popularity, perhaps at the expense of more ‘serious’ works.
The Septet illuminates the fantastically conversational art of chamber music, showcasing winds alongside the traditional quartet of the chamber setting. An absolute masterpiece, this timeless work will leave you invigorated and uplifted.
CSO Chamber Ensemble
Ludwig Van Beethoven Septet in E-flat major for clarinet, horn, bassoon, violin, viola, cello and double bass, Op. 20
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