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BEETHOVEN: Septet in E-flat major, Op. 20
SCHUBERT: Octet in F major, D. 803

Keller Quartet (András Keller, Zsófia Környei  violin, Gábor Homoky  viola, László Fenyő  cello) CsabaKlenyán clarinet, BálintTóth horn, BálintMohai bassoon, VilmosBúza double bass

‘A septet for 4 strings and 3 wind instruments humbly dedicated to His Imperial Highness and composed by Ludwig van Beethoven.’ This is how the opus 20 was advertised for 2 April 1800, in the Burgtheater in Vienna, which is where the first ‘great musical academy’ in Beethoven’s career was arranged. The Septet in E-flat major dedicated to the Italian-born Maria Theresa, second wife of Emperor Francis, soon found general recognition, both among the general public and musicians, even though the composer himself morosely declared that he couldn’t bear it and was annoyed by its success. It is certain that Franz Schubert would not have agreed with his titan of a colleague in this regard because his 1824 Octet is unmistakeably modelled on the work (as was the intention of the clarinet-playing count who commissioned the work). Yet while the pattern was from Beethoven, many of the themes in the six-movement F major octet were mined from earlier Schubert vocal works. Keller Quartet complemented with soloists of Concerto Budapest evoke the motif of the Schubert lied Der Wanderer just as the melody of the Schiller setting to music titled Die Götter Griechenlands, written for this line: ‘Beautiful world, where did you go?’

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