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Dieltiens, Sepec & Schreiber — Beethoven. String Trios


  • 20.00 Kamermuziekzaal
  • 22.10 Expected end time
  • 19.15 Introduction by Elise Simoens


The tempestuous Beethoven in the making

Brimming with pride, the young Beethoven presented his String Trios, opus 9 as ‘the best of my works’ – he couldn’t yet know that it was his quartets that would really turn the strings world upside down. Roel Dieltiens and his musical partners guide us through Beethoven’s artistic growth, from his six-movement Trio, opus 3, which still refers to Mozart’s Divertimento, KV563, to the extremely sunny Trio in G, to the Trio in C minor. In that latter work - which is in the same, so characteristically Beethoven, highly dramatic key - we can already feel the storm and tension of String Quartet, opus 18 no. 4 surfacing. That these aren’t youthful works is confirmed by their complex, well-rounded form and melodic richness. It was with good reason that Beethoven biographer Wilhelm von Lenz said that they ‘came to the Michelangelo of instrumental music in a Raphaelesque moment of inspiration.’ 

Program and performers


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
String Trio in E flat, opus 3
String Trio in G, opus 9 no. 1
String Trio in C minor, opus 9 no. 3


Daniel Sepec: violin
Anne Katharina Schreiber: viola
Roel Dieltiens: cello