Ludwig Van Beethoven: String Quartet in C sharp minor, Op.131
Johannes Brahms: String Quartet in C minor, Op.51 No.1
Two of the greatest chamber works by Beethoven and Brahms performed by the world-renowned Artemis Quartet in its International Chamber Music Season debut.
Constantly haunted by 'the sound of a giant's footsteps' behind him (i.e. Beethoven's), Brahms delayed making his string quartet debut until he'd made no fewer than 20 attempts (all carefully destroyed) to compose a work worthy of the Master. Tonight you can hear the blazing result of Brahms' endeavours, alongside his spiritual mentor's Op.131 Quartet.
Cast in a ground-breaking seven movements, Beethoven mischievously misinformed his publisher that his latest masterwork had been merely 'tossed together, with bits stolen from here and there'! His late string quartets are regarded as a pinnacle of human achievement.Performers