BEETHOVEN THE WANDERER
“How happy I am to be able to walk among the shrubs, the trees, the woods, the grass and the rocks! For the woods, the trees and the rocks give man the resonance he needs". These are the words of a Beethoven who found great solace in nature with its comforts and solitude. This was especially true as his ability to socialize broke down and his hearing loss increased. Every day, rain or shine, he took long walks in the forests and vineyards surrounding Vienna and every summer he relocated to a country village or spa area to find a peace from urban life. In fact this restlessness leads scholars to estimate he moved between 70-80 times in his lifetime. His first violin sonata begins with an exuberant flourish and continues with a rolling bass line evoking gentle outdoor scenes. Sunny and rustic in the last movement, this entire work echoes the pleasures of discovering the unexpected. This late cello sonata wanders through landscapes of the dream world. Timeless passages alternate with music of struggle, but the finale returns to an earthly and celebratory mood. This middle period trio was written in the same year as the Pastoral Symphony and is full of folk songs and dances (landlers).
Violin Sonata No.1, Op.12 No.1 (1798)
Allegro con brio
Tema con variazioni.; Andante con moto
Cello Sonata No.4, Op.102 No.1 (1815)
Andante - Allegro vivace
Adagio - Allegro vivace
12 Variations on “Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen”
from Mozart’s “Magic Flute” Op.66 for cello and piano (1798)
Piano Trio in E-flat major, Op.70 No.2 (1808)
Poco sostenuto - Allegro ma non troppo
Allegretto ma non troppo
Ana Albero, violin
Ozan Tunca, cello
Cem Babacan, piano
Ana Albero, violin
Currently a member the Orkestra Akademik Başkent in Ankara she is also a member of the Borusan Orchestra. Born in 1984 in Huesca, Spain Ana Albero began her studies at the Conservatory of Begoña with Prof. Juan Carlos Chic Alfonso and continued her studies with Prof. Juan Luis Gallego at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón'da Lisans graduating with the highest degree in 2009. Her main teachers were Nicolás Chumachenco and Juan Luís Gallego, In 2010 she competed master program in orchestra studies in Sevilla under support of the Barenboim-Said foundation with Axel Wilczok (Staatskapelle Berlin). She worked with artists such as Juan Luis Gallego, Andras Czifra, Santiago Juan, Yossy Zivoni, Massimo Spadano, Nicolas Chumachenco, Mark Gothoni, Ariadne, Daskalakis, Sergei Fatkulin, Tomasz Tomaszewski, Latika Honda-Rosenberg and Joshua Epstein. She has been a member of the "West-Eastern Divan" Orchestra led by pianist and conductor and Daniel Barenboim since 2010 performing in major venues throughout Europe.
Ozan TUnca, cello
Ozan Tunca received degrees on cello performance from Hacettepe University State Conservatory (Bachelor Degree), Louisiana State University (Master’s Degree) and Florida State University (Doctorate Degree). Tunca’s cello professors were Doğan Cangal, Dennis Parker and Lubomir Georgiev. Ozan Tunca won the Hacettepe University Concerto Competition and performed Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos in G Minor and Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with the Conservatory Symphony Orchestra. His string quartet “alla Turca” was the recipient of the Eppes Foundation scholarship and won the Grand Prize in the NUMUS 2002 Chamber Music Competition in Canada. Tunca served as assistant principal cellist of the Baton Rouge Symphony and the principal cellist of the Antalya Chamber Orchestra and Louisiana Sinfonietta. He is currently teaching at Anadolu University State Conservatory
Cem Babacan, piano
Described as “a musician who has mastery over his instrument and an amazing interpretive power, despite his young age” by conductor Howard Griffiths in the Swedish press and as “an extraordinary performer, virtuosic and poetical” by Fazıl Say, Cem Babacan born in 1988. Gave his first recital at the International Serignan Piano Festival after being awarded the first prize at the Yves Nat International Piano Competition (France). He was then invited, in 2008, to a concert held in New York Steinway Hall and awarded the “Yamaha Scholarship Award” in the same year. After graduating from Hacettepe University State Conservatory with the highest academic degree in his department and faculty, he was admitted to the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and studied piano under Alexander Mndoyants and his assistant Ekaterina Mechetina. During his four-year education in the Conservatory and in the following years, he won the First Prize in all the competitions he took part in. Among these competitions are the Second National Kamuran Gündemir Piano Competition (2011), First National Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory Piano Competition (2012), and Gümüşlük A.A. Saygun Piano Competition (2013). The recital he gave in Tonhalle, Zurich, one of the most significant venues in Europe, in the spring of 2012 was met with wide acclaim, particularly from the Swedish press. Following this recital he was invited to Brandenburgsiches Staatsorchester (Germany) as a soloist and gave concerts. He graduated from Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory with the highest distinction, a “red diploma” in June 2012. Babacan performed as a soloist with different orchestras, including the Presidental Symphony Orchestra (Turkey), Bilkent Symphony, Ankara Youth Symphony , Eskişehir Municipality Symphony, Bursa Region State Smphony ,Izmir State Symphony, Hacettepe University Symphony, Philarmonia Antalya, Orchestra Academic Baskent, Gazi Youth Chamber , Mersin Opera Orchestra under such conductors as Francesco La Vecchia, Alessandro Cedrone, Francesco Di Mauro, Rengim Gökmen, Burak Tüzün, Ibrahim Yazıcı, Alparslan Ertüngealp. The artist is currently engaged in a number of national and international concerts and projects.