Heritage, tradition and influences, featured in several cycles, is the key theme in the second part of this season. The question of musical heritage, seen in the Charpentier cycle, and the interest in ancient music in the 19th century, are central to the concerts devoted to Beethoven. Beethoven’s monumental work influenced generations of artists. We focus on the impact he had on 19th century French composers. These concerts also allow us to examine tradition, and how Beethoven refined traditional forms into triumphs of artistic achievement: the string quartet, the symphony and the sonata. Finally, through the work of Czerny, his devoted disciple, and through Liszt, whose transcriptions of the symphonies have become key works in the piano repertoire, we look at his enduring influence.
In order to complete this extensive investigation, this cycle includes the work of other composers: Brahms, Mahler and Dvorák, as well as contemporaries like Dufourt, Aperghis, Korkoras and Gürsching.