Beethoven was profoundly deaf and well aware that he was approaching death when he wrote these emotionally searching works. He was also at the height of his powers. The late quartets are masterpieces that express the deepest human feeling with a previously undreamt-of aesthetic complexity.
They are performed as part of Southbank Centre’s series Belief and Beyond Belief, which looks at music that speaks of the divine and the human spirit.
On Wednesday 1 November, hear the Fifteenth Quartet (Op.132), which commemorates Beethoven’s recovery from a long illness in 1825 with a movement entitled ‘Holy song of thanks to the divinity, from one made well.’ He was to die in March 1827. It is followed by the six-movement Quartet No.13, known for its monumental last movement, the Grosse Fuge.
The Emerson Quartet is known for their technically extraordinary interpretations of these works. The winner of nine Grammy® awards, including for a recording of the complete Beethoven Quartets, it has performed many times at Southbank Centre.
PerformersEmerson String Quartet
RepertoireBeethoven: String Quartet in A minor, Op.132
Part of Belief and Beyond Belief festival
Sunday 29 October, 12 noon-4pm, St Paul's Roof Pavilion at Royal Festival Hall: What You Need To Know - Beethoven's Late String Quartets. £25, students £7.50. (See separate event).
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