11.00 - 13.00
Alfred Brendel String Quartet Masterclass
Only a handful of Beethoven’s contemporaries really understood his music, and those who did immediately recognised him as a one-off. So advanced were elements of his language that they appeared, to many, to foreshadow a future age.
Beethoven’s scores remain some of the most rewarding yet challenging to interpret. They stand at the crossroads of the Classical world of gallantry and historically informed performance, and Romantic notions of self-expression and self-examination. As always, the notes on the page provide musicians with little more than a roadmap.
For this comprehensive Study Weekend at St Hilda’s College, we welcome one of the greatest performers of Beethoven’s works, Alfred Brendel, to share his insights with young ensembles tackling the composer’s string quartets. Music Director of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, Marios Papadopoulos, will guide pianists through the composer’s piano works in the context of his own traversal of the concertos this
season with his Orchestra.
We also welcome two speakers with particular expertise to share their insights into Beethoven’s legacy. The great broadcaster and critic Rob Cowan will lead participants through an informative and entertaining survey of Beethoven’s piano works on record, from the dawn of the age of recording to the present day, while expert on Viennese music of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Misha Donat, will join Brendel for a discussion of vital elements of Beethoven’s music and its interpretation.