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|Haydn||String Quartet Op.77 No.2 in F major|
|Bartók||String Quartet No.2|
|Kurtág||Officium breve Op.28 XV. Arioso interrotto (di Endre Szervánszky)|
|Beethoven||String Quartet Op.59 No.2 in E mino|
Each concert is a journey: tonight’s begins with Haydn’s last completed string quartet, followed by the second quartet of Bartok and finishing with the celebrated second Razumovsky quartet by Beethoven – a tremendous tour de force juxtaposing struggle and hope. The increased use of Romantic gestures and ideas in this piece are already opening the door to a new world.
In Bartok’s second string quartet, collisions are felt: major and minor, the two chromatic scales, two pairs of instruments. Here, hope dies with the final bells. The dichotomies of Bartok and Beethoven are interrupted by a movement from Kurtag’s Officium breve which offers a moment of stillness and introspection in a programme of great intensity.
This is a Kirckman Concert Society promotion.