January 17, 2020

7:30 pm | Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall

Free Pre-Concert Recital | 6:30pm

Concert Overview | 7:30pm


String Quartet in F Major, Op. 18 No. 1

The second movement was inspired by the tomb scene in Romeo and Juliet. It gives a sense of tragedy and deeper meaning compared to the balance and brightness found in the other movements.


String Quartet in F minor, Op. 95

The only quartet that Beethoven gave a nickname, theĀ Serioso is a work that even in the fast movements include a sense of despair. Upon completion, Beethoven knew the darkness of the piece would not have a wide appeal, stating “this quartet is meant for a small circle of connoisseurs.”


String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130

At his publisher’s request Beethoven wrote a separate ending for the Op. 130 for inclusion in the printed version of the quartet. The original finale became the Grosse Fuge, Op. 133, which we will hear this summer.

Suggested Performances

Beethoven String Quartets with the Ehnes Quartet

The Op. 18 quartet is his most traditional, looking back to Haydn’s model, but the complexity of the writing is none other than Beethoven’s.

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Mozart Violin Sonata

Violinist James Ehnes and pianist Anton Nel perform Mozart’s 33rd Violin Sonata, a work that is continually innovating in one of the composers most experimental pieces.

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Bach Concerti

The Festival concludes with an afternoon of some of Bach’s most beloved concerti, including the famous Double Violin Concerto.

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