|Ludwig Van Beethoven||String Quartet No. 1 in F, Op. 18 No. 1|
|Sally Beamish||String Quartet No. 3 Reed Stanzas|
|Beethoven||String Quartet No. 9 in C, Op. 59 No. 3 Razumovsky|
|Simone van der Giessen||viola|
Sally Beamish was inspired to write Reed Stanzas by Elias Quartet’s Donald Grant, who doubles as a Scottish fiddle player. This, her third quartet, evokes windswept landscapes of Suffolk and Harris, threaded with the calls of a lapwing. It stands between two of Beethoven’s most ebullient essays in the form: the vivacious Op. 18 No. 1 in F, and one of the mighty ‘Razumovsky’ quartets, with its daring opening and vertiginously brilliant finale.
‘Playing of wonderful exuberance and fire’ Guardian