Tuesday, 9. September 2014
Union Hall at 19.30

Rudolf Leopold - violoncello
Christian Schmidt – program author, piano

Ludwig van Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 5 No. 2 (1796)
Alberto Ginastera: Cello Sonata, Op. 49 (1979)
Ludwig van Beethoven:  Seven Variations on “Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fuhlen (In men who feel love)” from The Magic flute by Mozart  for Piano and Violoncello in E flat Major,  WoO 46 (1801)                                                   
Johannes Brahms: Cello Sonata No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 38 (1862)


There is no evidence that the 1787 meeting between Mozart and young Beethoven when Mozart allegedly proclaimed Beethoven as the one “to keep an eye on” ever took place. But it is more than certain that Beethoven deeply respected Mozart and that his admiration for, and championing of, Mozart's music remained undimmed until the end of his life. ”I have always reckoned myself among the greatest admirers of Mozart, and shall do so till the day of my death,“ he wrote in 1886 in a letter to Abbe Maximilian Stadler. With its beautiful, rich tapestry of sound, which blends both instruments in a dialogue his Seven Variations on a theme from Mozart’s Magic Flute, are therefore surely not just a masterpiece inspired by another masterpiece, but a touching homage to one musical giant from another.