BEETHOVEN THE WANDERER
18 November 2020 Boğaziçi University Albert Long Hall, ISTANBUL 19:30
20 November Cappadocia University Art Center, Uçhisar - NEVŞEHİR 20:30
“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
Ellen Jewett, violin
Elizabeth Simkin, cello
Lauma Skride, piano
Ellen Jewett, violin
Violinist, Ellen Jewett has performed around the world and throughout the US in major venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall and the Kennedy Center, For 11 years Ellen Jewett was a member of the prize-winning Audubon Quartet. Hailed by the New York Times for their “strikingly beautiful, luminescent sound” the quartet performed throughout the US and abroad for 37 years and coordinated an intensive string quartet seminar every summer at the Chautauqua Institute.in NY. Other chamber music collaborations include performances with Yo Yo Ma, Maxim Vengerov, James Buswell, Colin Carr, John O'Conor, James Campbell, Eli Eban, Rusen Gunes, Johannes Moser and Idil Biret. An avid performer of contemporary music, she has performed many premiers and worked closely with such composers as Phillip Glass, Sir Michael Tippett, Leon Kirchener and Kamran Ince and has performed with important NY-based contemporary music ensembles such as Continuum, Sequiter and Ensemble X. She received her BM at Indiana University and MM at the State University of New York, Stony Brook where her major teachers were Joyce Robbins, James Buswell and Josef Gingold. Ellen Jewett has performed as one of the concertmasters of the Borusan Philharmonic and Bilkent Orchestra and is currently the founder and artistic director of Klasik Keyifler, a chamber music festival in Cappadocia. She has served on the faculties of McGill University, SUNY Stony Brook, Ithaca College, and Ankara University. Ms. Jewett has recorded for Centaur, Chandos and recently released a CD of Turkish solo music on Naxos.
Elizabeth Simkin, cello
Cellist and educator, Elizabeth Simkin has been on the faculty at the Ithaca College School of Music since the fall of 1994. She has played and recorded with many groups, including the Sheherezade trio the Mellits Consort featuring the music of Marc Mellits, and Ensemble X with whom she premiered numerous new works. Past projects include seven years on the faculty at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, serving in the US artistic ambassador program in the Czech Republic, and return appearances at summer festivals such as Garth Newel, Olympic, Skaneateles, Heifetz, Chenango, Tanglewood, Spoleto, Chautauqua and others. As a teacher, she strives to liberate her students towards ever deeper experiences of the magic of music. She carries and passes on some of the wisdom of her own teachers such as Carla Lumsden via Shinichi Suzuki and Toby Saks in childhood and Steven Doane, at Eastman and Oberlin. Just before coming to Ithaca, she studied with and served as teaching assistant, her mentor the late master, Janos Starker. In addition to her work at Ithaca College, she enjoys working with younger students and leads the advanced cello program at the Ithaca Suzuki Institute each summer. She has become increasingly interested in contemplative and service-oriented dimensions in music, and has nurtured this interest through exploring playing at the bedside for health care patients and their families, providing music for spiritual occasions and life transitions,. For the last four years she has taught a course, “Exploring Music as Medicine” at IC.
Lauma Skride, piano
Awarded the Beethoven Ring in 2008, Latvian pianist Lauma Skride is highly acclaimed for her interpretations of Germanic classical and romantic repertoire. The Bavarian Broadcasting Service has described her playing as “wonderfully sensitive, with marvelous tone quality and always with highly virtuosic vigor”. In recent seasons, she has appeared as soloist with Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, and the Dresden Philharmonic Lauma Skride performs with such conductors as Andris Nelsons, Kristjan Järvi, Anu Tali, Muhai Tang, Peter Ruzicka, John Storgårds, Pedro Halffter, André de Ridder, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Cornelius Meister. Lauma Skride is also committed to the long established duo with her sister, violinist Baiba Skride. The duo premiered Hans Abrahamsen’s double concerto with the Royal Danish Orchestra and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra – a work that was composed for the pair. Passionate energy, youthful vigour and musical sensitivity have become the trademarks of the Skride duo. She has also toured extensively with the Skride Piano Quartet. Other chamber music partners include cellist Daniel Müller-Schott, Sol Gabetta and Julian Steckel, as well as Jörg Widmann and Christian Tetzlaff and the Armida Quartett. Lauma Skride recorded Fanny Hensel’s piano cycle Das Jahr for Sony in 2007 and received an ECHO Classic Award as Best Young Artist for this recording. She studied under Volker Banfield at the University of Music and Theatre in Hamburg and has participated in numerous international competitions since the age of eleven, among them the Maria Canals Competition in Spain and the Cleveland International Piano Competition.