Savannah Music Festival LIVE 512 – Beethoven Op. 132/Strauss Sextet

Original air date: week of July 8, 2012

Struggling with illness and deafness in the final years of his life, Beethoven rose above them to create some of his most profound works. The emotional weight of his A minor Quartet, Op. 132 is manifest evidence of what French musicologist Joseph de Marliave called “the habitual state of mind of the composer: the fight against destiny, the triumph of joy over pain.” In this episode, we listen to Beethoven’s A minor Quartet from our 2012 festival performed by the Emerson String Quartet, along with Richard Strauss’ Sextet, Op. 85 from Capriccio from the 2012 Daniel Hope & Friends series.