January 17, 2020

7:30 pm | Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall

Concert Overview

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.

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