BEETHOVEN THE DRAMATIST
16 December 2020 Boğaziçi University Albert Long Hall, ISTANBUL 19:30
18 December Cappadocia University Art Center, Uçhisar - NEVŞEHİR 20:30
Trained to be the next Mozart, it was expected that Beethoven would carry on in his operatic tradition, but he only finished Fidelio during his lifetime. As an adolescent, he was literary and constantly looking for suitable texts to set to music. He knew Shakespeare thoroughly and a heavily marked edition of his plays was found at his death. Mozart’s “Magic Flute” was his favorite opera, and as a student of Neefe-a master of the Illuminati lodge (a wing of the Masonic order) in Bonn- he would have been educated in the art of imbedding messages through music. This practice of musical ‘text painting’ was a well-established tradition and audiences were accustomed to speculating about the ideas inspiring the music. Although friends confirmed Beethoven’s mention of specific parallels to scenes from Shakespeare, he preferred to leave interpretation up to the individual listeners. The ghost scene from Macbeth reputedly inspired the “Ghost” trio title (which he also sketched for an opera). Apart from these few cases of named works, it is clear that Beethoven’s chamber music was inspired by highbrow and lowbrow literature and dramatic texts as well as personal stories from his life and friendships. It is also clear that Beethoven preferred to keep these references private.
7 Variations on "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen"
from Mozart’s “Magic Flute” for cello and piano WoO 46 (1801)
Violin Sonata No.3, Op.12 No.3 (1798)
Allegro con spirito
Adagio con molto espressione
Allegretto, WoO 39 for Piano Trio (1812)
Violin Sonata No.4, Op.23 (1801)
Andante scherzoso, più Allegretto
Piano Trio in D major, Op.70 No.1 “Ghost” (1808)
Allegro vivace e con brio
Largo assai ed espressivo
Önder Baloglu, violin
Gökhan Bağcı, cello
Başar Can Kıvrak, piano
Photo by © Ulrike von Loeper.
Önder Baloğlu, violin
Born in 1988 in Adana, Turkey Baloglu started violin lessons with Ferhang Huseynov and continued his studies at the Folkwang Art University in Essen under Nana Jashvili, Pieter Daniel and Andreas Reiner. He worked with renowned musicians such as Vadim Gluzman, Gordan Nikolic, Ivry Gitlis and Patricia Kopatchinskaja. He has performed as a soloist with the Turkish state orchestras of Bursa, Antalya, Adana and Izmir, and the Bilkent Symphony, the Folkwang Symphony, the Koblenz Rheinische State Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bochum Symphonic, the Duisburg Philharmonic and the Ensemble Folkwang Modern. He was featured on Turkish TRT and the German ZDF and WDR3 stations. He has performed as concertmaster with the Bilkent Symphony, Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, Ensemble Ruhr, KlangVerwaltung Orchestra and is currently the concertmaster of Duisburg Philharmonic and Gedik Orchestra in Istanbul. He plays in a number of chamber ensembles including the Duo BalKan, Quart.essence, Ensemble Turquoise at venues such as the Philharmonie Essen, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Konzerthaus Berlin, the Istanbul-Essen European Cultural Capitals events, Young Euro Classic Festival in Berlin, klasik Keyifler in Cappadocia, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland. Since 2015, Önder has been the artistic director of the chamber music festival “Klassisch.Unterirdisch - das Underground-Festival der Klassik“ which he began at the Katakomben Theater in Essen. He has performed in Turkey Austria, Switzerland, Spain, USA, Canada, France, China, India, Korea, Russia, Argentina, Brazil and Peru. He is on the faculty at the Folkwang University of Arts in Essen and performs on a violin by Rafaelle & Antonio Gagliano of Napoli from 1850
Gökhan Bağcı, cello
Bağcı was born in Antalya in 1990 and enjoys a varied career throughout Turkey and abroad. Currently he is the principal cellist of the Gedik Philharmonic Orchestra and is a permanent member of the Borusan Philharmonic Orchestra, both based in İstanbul-Turkey. In 2012 Bağcı joined Turkey's premier contemporary group Hezarfen Ensemble, and has performed many premieres including the Turkish premier of Michael Ellison’s contemporary opera “Mevlana, Say I am” at the Istanbul Festival, and the world premier at the Rotterdam Operadagen. He also performed for the CD recording of this opera. He performed a number of concerts as part of a European tour of Hezarfen Ensemble including the MaerzMusik Festival in Berlin, the Roma Goethe Institute and the Würzburg. Theather am Neunerplatz. Bağcı has attended master classes with artists such as Peter Bruns, Johannes Moser, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Markku Lulojan-Mikkola, Wolgang Boettcher, Ruth Phillips, Mauro Valli, Benyamin Sonmez, Cağ Ercağ, Şölen Dikener and Harald Herzl. As a graduate of Bilkent University, he was a principal cellist of the Turkish Youth Orchestra and was awarded a scholarship to study in Leipzig from the prestigious 'Young Artists on the World Stage" founded by the Pekinel piano duo. He has performed chamber music with Tatjana Masurenko, Emre Elivar, Ellen Jewett, Özcan Ulucan, and Ruşen Güneş, and regularly joins concerts with Klasik Keyifler. He is a founding member of the Trio Ba, and Begoa Ensemble (where he is the letter G). He is the co-artistic director of Klasik Keyifler
Başar Can Kıvrak, piano
Başar Can Kıvrak graduated from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Moscow with the highest distinction- the“red diploma” in May of 2012. Starting lessons at the age of ten, he worked with Ozan Bilen and Emre Şen before being accepted to Bilkent University Music Preparatory High School to study with Namık Sultanov. He earned his undergraduate degree from Bilkent University in 2008 working with Gülnara Aziz. Winning many awards in national and international competitions, Kıvrak was awarded the Third Prize in the Ferdi Statzer Piano Competition held in Istanbul in 2002, the Yamaha Scholarship in 2004, and the Grand Prix in the Second International Young Virtuosos Piano Competition held in Sofia in 2005. Working with Gülsin Onay, he gave a concert at the Gümüşlük International Classical Music Festival in August 2005. He has performed as a soloist with most of the main Turkish orchestras including the Presidential Symphony Orchestra, Çukurova State Symphony Orchestra, Bursa State Symphony Orchestra, Eskişehir Anadolu University Symphony Orchestra, Bilkent Youth Symphony Orchestra, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Tekfen Orchestra, and Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic, and has made recordings for TRT Ankara Radio. Kıvrak is the founding member of TrioBa with who he performed the complete piano trios of Beethoven in the 2016-17 season. He is also the founding member and“B” letter of the BEGOA Ensemble and in 2019 formed the Duo Yin Yang with violist Pınar Dinçer. In 2019 he received his Artist Diploma degree from the Eskişehir State Conservatory and is currently serving on the faculty Yasar University in Izmir.