|Beethoven||String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18|
|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 energy links together Purcell’s early fantasias, Mendelssohn’s dramatic quartet in F minor and Beethoven’s Quartet Op. 18 No. 4.
The latter was one of the first works the Chiaroscuro Quartet performed and recorded, rapidly establishing their credentials as one of Europe’s leading period instrument quartets.
To complete this programme is Schubert’s extraordinary burst of intensity, also in C minor, the Quartettsatz.