|Edinburgh's Queen's Hall|
This week he has been fortunate enough to hear 2 of his firmest favourite chamber works. Schubert's Octet and Beethoven's String Quartet Op130. These two cricketers are very high in the all time averages - Beethoven is of course at the very top surpassing even Bradman - his last innings was a triumph not an anti-climactic duck. It is hard to imagine Beethoven being bowled by Eric Hollies.
Schubert died at the age of 31 but composed over 1000 works - a strike rate to compare with any and he could have named his price in the IPL.
|Beethoven - tops the averages|
FB will argue to anyone who will listen (ie no one at all) that Beethoven's Op130 is pretty near perfection. It is mature and reflective music, of compelling charm grace and depth. Not unlike some of FB's better innings. The fifth movement, Cavatina, was chosen as the last piece on the golden record - a record containing a broad sample of Earth's common sounds, languages, and music sent into outerspace with the twoVoyager probes (Chuck Berry was also on the disc).
The alternative final movement of the quartet was the last piece that Beethoven completed before he died and he never heard the final version of the work which was first performed only one month after his death. The original final movement - the great fugue - is still considered the most radically modern piece of music ever written - it is full of reverse sweeps and scoops. It transcends any period. Test Match Quality and more.
FB can think of nothing better in the whole of chamber music than Op 130's fourth movement. The only version on You Tube is not as overewhelming as some of the great quartets - but it captures the essence of this truly great piece. Enjoy.