The early days of last year’s Festival saw an exploration of the natural but rare pairing of Beethoven’s early Opus 18 Quartets with Mozart’s mature set that he dedicated so fulsomely to his mentor Haydn. This exploration of Beethoven’s six early Quartets concluded with La Malinconia, the extraordinary Finale to the Sixth, where a dramatic and tragic introduction is contrasted with a dementedly cheerful Allegretto. This is paired with Mozart’s secretive E flat Quartet, the one that best reflects his mercurial temperament, a Quartet whose opening movements belong to a later era with their ceaseless probing of musical boundaries.
Chiaroscuro Quartet are regular visitors to the Festival – last year being their fourth visit in nine years – bringing their very special vision to every work they play. They perform with classical tuning, half way between Baroque and modern tuning, creating a gentler less brilliant soundworld to what we are accustomed, giving us an immersive and finely balanced concert experience of these great works. These two performances are unforgettable and you will return time and again to wonder at the exquisite detail that they unfold for us.
Find out more and listen to the recording of Beethoven’s Quartet in B flat Op18/6, here
Find out more and listen to the recording of Mozart’s E flat Quartet K. 428, here
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