Spotlight on Chamber Music
Exactly 250 years separates the earliest from the most recent compositions in the Minetti Quartet’s programme. Here, the great masters of quartet literature from the Classical period - Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven - stand alongside their successors, such as Schumann, Shostakovich, György Kurtág and Angela Tröndle. Early masterpieces and the first flashes of genius are contrasted with later glories and divine swansongs.
MARIA RADUTU AND MINETTI QUARTETT
“Prost” with Mozart – Classical music in a Vienna home | Curated by Maria Radutu
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Vienna has always been a convivial place, as demonstrated by the tradition of home concerts. So Mozart’s piano concerto works well with string quartet, and Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” is a full-scale drama for a home setting.
“My strength has all gone, I’m old and I’m weak”: Joseph Haydn appended these words to the print of his final string quartet. But his words do not ring true. The principal founder of the quartet form shows that he could still command the heights, especially in his second quartet form Opus 77. Before his death in 1827, Ludwig van Beethoven was still thinking about his tenth symphony. But he was only able to complete his String Quartet in F major. György Kurtág’s 2003 work “Officium breve” is just under twelve minutes in duration and has fifteen movements. A distilled Requiem, it forms the link between these last two masterpieces.