BEETHOVEN

THE DRAMATIST

Program 8 

BEETHOVEN THE DRAMATIST

 

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

Rondo-Allegro molto

Allegretto, WoO 39 for Piano Trio   (1812)

 

INTERMISSION

 

Violin Sonata No.4, Op.23 (1801)

Presto

Andante scherzoso, più Allegretto

Allegro molto

 

Piano Trio in D major, Op.70 No.1 “Ghost”    (1808)

Allegro vivace e con brio

Largo assai ed espressivo

Presto

 

Bosporus Trio

Özgecan Günöz, violin

Çağlayan Çetin cello

Özgür Ünaldı, piano

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Özgecan Günöz, violin

Özgecan Günöz was born in Izmir in 1986. She started her violin studying at the age of 9, at Hacettepe University with Prof. Cengiz Ozkok and Prof. Reyyan Yucelen Basaran. In 2000, she was awarded First Prize of Aegean Region in the Lions Violin Competition and the Jury Special Prize around Turkey. In 2004, she was awarded Third Prize at the Yamaha String Competition. She attended to Bremen International Young Orchestra and Anadolu Young Orchestra several times, and also attended master classes of Walentyny JAKUBOWSKİEJ, Igor OISTRAKH, Gerhard SCHULZ, Jerrold RUBENSTEIN, Joshua EPSTEIN, Günter PICHLER, Rohan GREGORY, Elise KUDER, Troy STUART, Kate VINCENT and Miranda DALE. She continued her violin studying with Kartal Akinci and skipped a year at the university and graduated from Dokuz Eylul University in 2005. In the same year, she was awarded a scholarship to attend to Apple Hill Chamber Music masterclass in the USA. In 2006, she has studied with David Salness at the University of Maryland for one year. Then she came back to Turkey and finished her master’s degree with Venyamin Warshavsky at Istanbul University in 2010. 

She performed many recitals, chamber music concerts and concerts as a soloist - with Presidential Symphony Orchestra, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Izmir State Symphony Orchestra, Shumen State Symphony Orchestra/Bulgaria, Antalya State Symphony Orchestra, Cukurova State Symphony Orchestra, Istanbul Chamber Orchestra, Eskisehir Symphony Orchestra, Milli Reasurans Chamber Orchestra, Karsiyaka Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Academic Baskent, Mersin University Academic Chamber Orchestra, Orkestra’Sion, Dokuz Eylul University Symphony Orchestra, Ankara Youth Orchestra and Bodrum Chamber Orchestra.

She is a member of the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra since 2006. Between 2007 - 2011, she worked at Presidential Symphony Orchestra. Since 2011, she has been working at Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra and she is the assistant concertmaster of the orchestra for the last 5 years. She is also a member of the Bosphorus Trio consisting of highly acknowledged musicians: Caglayan Cetin, cello and Ozgur Unaldi, piano.

Çağlayan Çetin, cello

Caglayan Cetin was born in Edirne in 1985. He started his cello studies at the State Conservatory of Trakya University. In 1999 he was accepted at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory and studied cello with Prof. Reşit Erzin. After graduating from the conservatory in 2006, he pursued his Master′s Degree in cello at the same university and completed it in 2009.

From 2004 to 2006 Cetin was invited to the Pergine Spettacolo Aperto (PSA) in Italy, one of the most famous festivals in Europe; and he gave many concerts as a soloist with the PSA Orchestra. He has performed as a cello section leader in many orchestras including the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, the Şişli Symphony Orchestra, the Cemal Reşit Rey Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Istanbul, the Istanbul Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra Istanbul. Cetin has also performed as a soloist in many concerts with various orchestras such as the Pergine Spettacolo Aperto Youth Orchestra, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory Youth Orchestra, TUSC Symphony Orchestra, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Bakırköy Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra′Sion. Since 2005 Cetin has performed with the musical theatre called "Ashura" at many theatres, concert halls and festivals in Germany, Nederland, Sweden, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, France and Turkey.

In 2012-2014 Cetin taught cello at the State Conservatory of Kocaeli University. He is a member of Borusan Istanbul Philarmonic Orchestra since 2016 and the cellist member of Bosphorus Trio, consisting of quality musicans: The violinst Ozgecan Gunoz and the pianist Ozgur Unaldi.

Özgür Ünaldı, piano

Unaldi became the first Turkish pianist to win a prize in the 17th International Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria after which he attracted attentions in international arenas and was offered concert arrangements.

As one of the leading pianists of his country, Unaldi was a piano student of Gulnara Aziz (pupil of Prof. Nasedkin) in Bilkent University Music and Performing Arts Faculty. Concluding his solo piano studies and bachelor degree with distinction, he graduated at the top of his department and faculty in 2006. Not long after, he won the aspirantura (the highest degree for performers in Russia) exams in Moscow – Tchaikovsky State Conservatory where his studies were sponsored by Dr. Nejat F. Eczacibasi Foundation. Ozgur Unaldi was accepted to the class of Prof. Irina Plotnikova, a great musician and pedagogue, meritorious artist of Russia. Ozgur Unaldi soon became a special pupil of the pedagogue, inspiring many listeners in his recitals and concerts in Moscow. Following his successful graduation from aspirantura studies in June, 2010, he returned to Turkey in order to contribute the best that he can for the cultural progress of his homeland by giving concerts both solo and chamber music.

He also studied composition with Hatıra Ahmedli Cafer, Bujor Hoinic and Zarife Bakihanova. He composes for solo piano in different forms including preludes, toccata, variations and cadenzas for classical concertos, including arrangements for duo or trio ensembles that received positive critics from public and valued musicians.

In Turkey and abroad he took part in many concerts and festivals and played concertos with distinguished conductors. While pursuing his active concert career, Unaldi also is a pedagog, an associate professor at the Uludag University State Conservatory in Bursa.