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Brighton Festival: The Beethoven Project - Part 3: Elias String Quartet
String Quartet in A major Op. 18 No. 5
String Quartet in C major Op. 59 No. 3, ‘Rasumovsky’
String Quartet in C sharp minor Op. 131
The last of the Elias Quartet’s trio of concerts exploring and celebrating Beethoven’s string quartets culminates in the Op. 131 quartet, Beethoven’s personal favourite of his late quartets. Schumann, himself a master of the form, admired the late quartets for ‘...the grandeur of which no words can express. They seem to me to stand... on the extreme boundary of all that has hitherto been attained by human art and imagination.’
Before that, the Op. 18 quartet looks back to Mozart while the Op. 59, composed for the Russian ambassador to Vienna, Prince Rasumovsky, has a Russian tinge.
The Elias String Quartet are originally from France, Scotland and Sweden and take their name from Mendelssohn's oratorio, Elijah (Elias in its German form). The quartet formed in 1998 at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where they worked regularly with the late Dr Christopher Rowland. They also spent a year studying at the Hochschule in Cologne with the Alban Berg Quartet.
'The emotional chemistry here was manifestly unusual... pure magic' (The Sunday Telegraph)
'The Elias String Quartet should not really be called a quartet. Although they are four string players, they don't play as four separate musicians but instead as one musical force to be reckoned with. Their performance was beautifully synchronised into one glorious interpretation of Beethoven's String Quartet No 15' (The Herald Scotland)
'The Elias is a quite exceptional quartet' (Gramophone Magazine).
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Venue: St George's Church
St Georges Road
BN2 1ED 50.818722, -0.121571
Enquiries: 01273 279448