Most everyone loves Beethoven’s broad strokes: the fist shaker, the tender soul searcher, the rollicking pastoralist. But how many of his lovers have entered into the miraculous microcosm from which he builds these palatial monuments of sound? In this presentation Richard Knisely, long time classical personality on WGBH Radio, takes you behind these large structures into the world of Beethoven’s intricate genius. You will see and hear for yourself how an entire world of music grew in his mind from the most fundamental ideas, consisting of just a few notes; how he raised those vast landscapes of sound from the smallest stones. Using one of Beethoven’s best known chamber music pieces, The “Ghost” Trio, you will learn to recognize these tiny elements and how a macrocosm of magnificent thought and sound grew from them. Peter Sulski and Friends (Ariana Falk, Violoncello, and Randall Hopkinson, Pianoforte) will provide live illustrations of the presentation and then perform the “Ghost” Trio in its entirety.
Peter Sulski was a member of the London Symphony Orchestra for seven years. While in England he served on the faculty of the Royal College of Music and Trinity College of Music and Drama, as well as being Artistic Director of Chapel Royal Concerts, which he founded in 1993. For seven years he gave the annual Viola Masterclass, along with many solo recitals and chamber music concerts at the Dartington International Summer School. He gave his Carnegie Hall debut in 1999, and his first London South Bank appearance in 2001. After a brief stint in the Middle East as Head of Strings of the National Palestinian Conservatory, Bicommunal Coordinator for chamber music for the Cyprus Fulbright Commission and Principal Violist of the Cyprus Chamber orchestra, Peter returned in 2002 with his wife Anita to his native Worcester. He is currently on the faculty as teacher of violin/viola/chamber music at Clark University and College of the Holy Cross. He is a member of QX and Mistral. Peter is also Artistic Director of the Thayer Festival in Lancaster, Massachusetts, and records for Centaur Records.
Richard Knisely hosted Classical Performances and several other programs
on WGBH radio for 25 years, bringing a casual enthusiasm for great music to many thousands of people in New England and beyond.