The Fischer Duo Performing Complete Beethoven Cello Sonatas
Join us for a rare opportunity to go deeper into the music of Beethoven, and hear a performance of lost and rare pieces with the Fischer Duo. We needed two shows in order to feature ALL 5 of the cello sonatas of Beethoven, plus two additional sonatas, including one that was originally written for French horn, but now is understood to have been intended for cello. Performing Beethoven's entire oeuvre for cello and piano in sequence is a very different experience from playing any of the works separately; it is a journey through a life. One wonderful aspect of the sonatas is that they represent all of Beethoven's three major creative periods.
The Fischer Duo has established themselves in the classical world as musicians that become intimate with one composer and unearth rarely performed pieces, and then play them brilliantly. Often it is a treat to hear these "B-sides" because as vast as the chamber music repertoire is, sometimes there seem to be pieces that are repeated in performances, due to their popularity. The critic from the Toledo Blade summed up a concert experience with the Fischer Duo: "If there was a prize for Most Elegant Sound by a Chamber Group, the Fischer Duo would surely win it. The two together have a sort of slow-burning combustion on stage that makes for some really exciting and spontaneous music. This is a pair that really knows their repertoire, and more importantly, knows how to absorb an audience into their own musical universe."
Celebrating nearly 40 years of playing together, the Fischer Duo continues to explore the rich repertoire for cello and piano. The Washington Post has described the Fischer Duo's all-French programming as "intense and totally committed, with a solid understanding of the subtleties of the French style"; the New York Times has commented on "a real sense of dialogue in this duo's ensemble" as well as "a salon-like intimacy and warmth"; and the Boston Globe has heralded Norman Fischer's "boldly imaginative and technically assured skills" and Jeanne Kierman as "equally impressive." In addition to featuring works by the masters, the Fischer Duo has become known for their thematic approach to programming, have performed neglected pieces by composers such as Franz Liszt, Victor Herbert, Nadia Boulanger and Feruccio Busoni, and have commissioned new works by American composers George Rochberg, Augusta Read Thomas, Robert Sirota, David Stock, Samuel Jones, and Richard Lavenda among others.
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