Friday, February 10, 2012

Something to 'Harp' On

Heading to NYC in a few minutes for a visit to the Met (museum, not opera) and then to Alice Tully for a program of three LvB pieces, plus a Haydn, joined by connections to patron Prince Lobkowicz.    One of the pieces is the vocal/piano song cycle 'An die ferne Geliebte.'  Another is the 'Harp' quartet, a personal favorite.  Our new book includes a lengthy section on Beethoven films, including one of the oddest:  An Immortal Spirit pictures Beethoven--it's hard to describe--sort of living the 'Harp' quartet as it is played on the soundtrack (and sometimes on screen) by the Claudel Quartet throughout.  Here's the section for the astounding slow movement:

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