This programme explores works by three giants of the Viennese and Germanic traditions.
Haydn was an elder statesman by the time he wrote his set of opus 76 quartets – full of virtuosity and a profound depth of expression – and respected by musicians across Europe, including Beethoven, who took lessons with Haydn in the 1790s. By the time of the opus 127 quartet in Eb major, Beethoven himself was Europe’s most celebrated composer and pushed his compositional voice to a new realm of exploration, into what we now describe as his ‘Late Period’. Like the Haydn work, this piece contains an other-worldly slow movement at its centre. Schumann was a dedicated musicologist as well as composer, and spent much of his time studying the works of those who went before him – his Third Quartet which completes this programme is full of traces of the past, but in a language which is truly romantic.
|Franz Joseph Haydn – Quartet no. 64 in D major, op. 76, no. 5, Hob.III:79|
|Robert Schumann – String Quartet no. 3 in A major, op. 41|
|Ludwig van Beethoven – Quartet no. 12 in E flat major, op. 127|