Lesser-Known Beethoven Works to be Featured in ‘The Cozy Side of Beethoven’ Concerts

By Logan Martell

October 13, 2022, will see the curtain rise on “The Cozy Side of Beethoven,” a concert exploring some of the composer’s less-famous Welsh and Scottish songs, as well as selections of lieder and “Fidelio.”

The program will feature singers Kinga Cserjesi, Kirsten Ott, Alonso Jordan Lopez, and Peter Ludwig, joined by pianist Jason Wirth, violinist Nikita Yermak, and cellist Valeriya Sholokova. The project’s singers are students and teachers of the Libero Canto Approach, a form of vocal pedagogy which seeks freer musical expression through letting go of excess tensions.

Selections include “Ah, perfido! Op. 65,” the quartet “Mir ist so wunderbar,” the finale from the “Piano Trio in E-flat major, Op. 70, No.2,” and more.

There will be three performances throughout New York City, with the opening performance held at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, followed by the Kaufmann Center’s Merkin Hall on October 16, and then the Church of St. Monica on October 23.