Beethoven’s string quartets are road maps that chart his development as a composer. His String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6, is a progressive work with an unforgettable final-movement dialogue between melancholy and jolly spirits. The “Serioso” Quartet is true to its nickname; it’s an impassioned work with a tremendous intensity in its stormy struggles, and only finds victory in its final measures. The String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127, has episodes of daring harmonic exploration and a magnificent set of second-movement variations built on a lofty theme.
·· Pierre Colombet, Violin
·· Gabriel Le Magadure, Violin
·· Adrien Boisseau, Viola
·· Raphaël Merlin, Cello
String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6
String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95, "Serioso"
String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127
Pre-concert talk starts at 7:00 PM in Zankel Hall with the Quatuor Ebène's cellist, Raphaël Merlin, in conversation with Jeremy Geffen, Director of Artistic Planning, Carnegie Hall.
Newly restored in 2003, a flexible space located beneath the main hall. Avoid seating near the west wall, as subway sound can sometimes bleed through.