Ludwig Van Beethoven: String Quartet in F, Op.59 No.1 (Razumovsky)
Ludwig Van Beethoven: String Quartet in B flat, Op.130 with Grosse Fuge, Op.133
Beethoven's famous deafness did little to impair his musical mastery. In fact, his late quartets are extraordinary achievements, representing the composer at the pinnacle of his powers. In these works, with their uncompromising intellectual rigour, structural complexity and searing emotion, Beethoven took the genre to new heights - heights matched throughout this series by the glorious interpretations of the Takacs Quartet.
The Takács Quartet's second violinist Karoly Schranz has been advised to undergo rotator cuff surgery to his right shoulder in March and will resume performing at concerts from September 2010. The members of the Takács Quartet and Southbank Centre are extremely grateful to Lina Bahn, a close colleague of the Quartet, for replacing Karoly Schranz for the Quartet's concerts in May, which will go ahead with the advertised repertoire as planned.
Queen Elizabeth Hall at 6.15pm - Pre-concert talk. Beethoven Quartets from inside and outside with Roderick Swanston. Admission free.