1. “200 years after their genesis, Beethoven’s quartets still hold tons of exciting questions for us.”
So says Rainer Schmidt, second violinist of the Hagen Quartet, in a Q&A with 92Y about the Quartet’s first complete Beethoven string quartet cycle in North America, currently underway. In its review of the Quartet’s first concert on Nov 7, The New York Times raved, “in the rich history of Beethoven cycles, this shapes up as a standout.”
The cycle continues Thu 14, Sat 16, & Sun 17.

    “200 years after their genesis, Beethoven’s quartets still hold tons of exciting questions for us.”

    So says Rainer Schmidt, second violinist of the Hagen Quartet, in a Q&A with 92Y about the Quartet’s first complete Beethoven string quartet cycle in North America, currently underway. In its review of the Quartet’s first concert on Nov 7, The New York Times raved, “in the rich history of Beethoven cycles, this shapes up as a standout.”

    The cycle continues Thu 14, Sat 16, & Sun 17.

  2. Y Beethoven? This is Why Beethoven, according to Shai Wosner, Orli Shaham, Julien Labro, Jonathan Biss, Benjamin Hochman and Jenny Lin.

    “It’s not been possible to be a composer since 1827,” Biss told us, “without having something to say about Beethoven, like it or not.”

    We want to hear from you, too. Tell us, Why Beethoven? We’ll feature your comments on our Tumblr and Twitter, using the hashtag #YBeethoven.

    The brilliant Hagen Quartet brings the complete Beethoven cycle to 92Y in November.