The Edinburgh Quartet’s first concert starts with Dvořák; introduces their season focus on Beethoven’s Op.18 string quartets; and features Britten’s third string quartet.
Beethoven was profoundly deaf, which caused his increasing isolation from society. He is quoted as saying “I was compelled early to isolate myself, to live in loneliness”. The EQ will be exploring four quartets over the project that demonstrate Beethoven’s mastery of the string quartet.
Britten’s third string quartet was written in the last year of his life at a time when he was acutely aware of the approach of death. It is haunted by questions which are explored in his opera ‘Death in Venice’ - the artist’s lonely search for beauty.
Beethoven: String Quartet Op.18 No.3
Britten: String Quartet No.3
Dvořák: String Quartet in E flat major
Edinburgh Quartet: Death in Venice