|Beethoven||String Quartet No. 6 in B flat, Op. 18 No. 6|
|Schubert||String Quartet No. 12 in C minor, D703 Quartettsatz|
|Mendelssohn||String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80|
‘The dark timbre of their gut strings allows for an astonishing range of dynamics and colours’ BBC Radio 3
A line of sombre contrapuntal energy links Purcell’s early fantasias and Mendelssohn’s dramatic quartet in F minor.
Beethoven’s irrepressible Op. 18 No. 6 quartet was an early favourite of Alina Ibragimova’s Chiaroscuro Quartet, who rapidly established their credentials as one of Europe’s leading period instrument ensembles.
To complete this programme is Schubert’s extraordinary burst of intensity, the high-voltage Quartettsatz.