EVENT ONE 18 September
Beethoven string quartet in F minor, Op. 95
In at the deep end York Chamber Music Festival begins its celebration of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary with the string quartet he himself called ‘serious’! Op. 95 is basically an experimental piece, a musical laboratory, light years ahead of its time in which he tries out all sorts of effects – which 15 years later morphed into his ‘late’, ethereal string quartets, strange music unlike anything heard before. Only 20 minutes long but after the F minor quartet the world would never be the same again. Come and hear how the new world begins from within the deepest imagination of Beethoven.
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Howell’s gentle English pastoral quartet could hardly be more different and the great piano quintet of Schumann is also a work of great fantasy. As Steven Isserlis says, ”miracle after miracle”. A concert with Beethoven look forward and Howells and Schumann looking over their shoulders!! Very truly a ‘fantastic’ concert. Join it on:
18 September 7:30pm live stream from National Centre for Early Music, York.