Sunday, January 23, 2011

1/23 Beethoven's Cello Sonata 5 w Yudkin Lecture on Concision

Beethoven's Cello Sonata 5 (in D Major Op.102, No. 2 (1815)) is another one of those pieces where the late-period Ludwig just floors me with "sublime feeling".  Here's Alfred Brendel and his son (?) Adrian Brendel on cello doing the entire work with one of those cool "accompanied score" videos.  These first 2 vids are followed by Micah Fusselman and Jeongin Kim in a Masterclass with Yehuda Hanani at CCM May 25, 2009.
(total time 1 hour).

Pt 1 - 2: (Brendel and Son recital)
Pt 3: Masterclass recital of the 2nd movement
Pt 4 - 7: Masterclass instruction


I can't resist throwing in this performance of the 3rd and final fugue movement by Martha Argerich and Mischa Maisky - explosive.

...As a follow-up "Sunday feature" - here's a very recent lecture (October 14, 2010) by Jeremy Yudkin, music professor and chair of the musicology and ethnomusicology department at the College of Fine Arts of Boston University.  He talks about "concision" and does a nice analysis of the 1st movement of Beethoven's 5th, and then moves on to Miles Davis' "Blue in Green" and Paul McCartney...
The Beethoven stuff starts around 28:20...


  1. Ed, I just loved this lecture by Yudkin ' I'll come back to hear more of it as I didn't finish. Well, Ed, the Americans are at the forefront of both musicology, musical academia and - overall - producing high quality players. This is IMHO!!

  2. Yudkin mentions some things about the 5th I hadn't heard elsewhere - and I've read ALOT about that one ;). Just goes to show B.'s music is bottomless in its richness. Glenn Gould did a whole lecture on just the first 8 measures of Op 110 I think,