Concerts from the Library of Congress

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2020 at 8:00 PM (ET)

Borromeo String Quartet (Photo credit: Richard Bowditch).

Nicholas Cords (Photo credit: Erin Baiano).


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Explore musical relationships in Beethoven’s late works with the preeminent Borromeo String Quartet, featuring his op. 130 string quartet and the legendary Grosse Fuge, labelled by Stravinsky as “an absolutely contemporary piece of music that will be contemporary forever.” Renowned violist Nicholas Cords joins the quartet for a performance of Beethoven’s 8th symphony in transcription. Hailed for its passionate and fearless performances, the Borromeo carries listeners through extremes of expression, from intimate to triumphant, playing monumental works to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

This concert is part of our (Re)Hearing Beethoven Festival. Be sure to check out the full range of events!

Explore Beethoven in the Library's collection with our new resource:
Beethoven: A Guide to Primary and Secondary Resources at the Library of Congress

Additional Event

“Expression Marks in Beethoven’s Hand: Discovering New Layers in op. 130 and the Grosse Fuge,” Nicholas Kitchen, speaker.


Selection from Symphony no. 7 in A major, op. 92: II


Symphony no. 8 in F major, op. 93


Quartet in B-flat major, op. 130
Grosse Fuge, op. 133

All events for the 2020-2021 season of Concerts from the Library of Congress will be presented virtually.
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