Savannah Music Festival LIVE 554 – As Beethoven Went Deaf

By 1801 at the age of 30, Beethoven had been experiencing ringing in his ears for three years, and was well on his way to deafness. By 1815, Beethoven’s condition had become “intolerable” and with the addition of other problems, he could no longer perform in public (though he continued to compose). The final eleven years of his life – his mystical late period of composing – featured a wealth of works that reflected Beethoven’s personal expression in their depth and intensity. Tune in to hear cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han perform the sonata for cello and piano No. 5 in D Major, Op. 102, No. 2, followed by the Takacs Quartet playing Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131.