The second movement of Samuel Barber’s String Quartet became a popular hit in an arrangement for string orchestra, but its Romantic melodies and emotional depths are just as touching in its original form.
It’s followed by Britten’s String Quartet No.2, dedicated to the memory of Britten’s favourite composer, the 17th-century British trail-blazer Purcell. The grand final movement features 21 variations on a theme.
The climax of the evening is Schubert’s Death and the Maiden quartet, composed in ill health just four years before he died, and when, as he wrote to a friend, ‘his most brilliant hopes ha[d] perished’.
The set of variations on Schubert’s earlier song, in which a frightened maiden begs death not to touch her, is full of sombre yearning.
RepertoireBarber: Molto adagio from String Quartet, Op.11
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